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Emergency at the Greek border. Frontex deploys a rapid intervention mission (v2)

(B2) The European Border and Coast Guard (Frontex) will launch “ rapid response (1) to help Greece cope with the large number of migrants at its external borders, particularly at sea. The agency, based in Warsaw, just announced this Monday (March 2)

Operation Poseidon off the island of Lesbos (credit: Frontex - B2 archives)

The agency is thus responding to a request for assistance made officially yesterday evening (Sunday) by the Greek government, to benefit from rapid European reinforcements in the Aegean Sea, to prevent an excessive arrival of boats containing migrants and refugees.

« It is part of Frontex's mandate to help a Member State facing an exceptional situation and requesting urgent support said the director of Frontex, Fabrice Leggeri.

Concretely, " an offshore patrol boat, six coastal patrol boats, two helicopters, an airplane and three vehicles equipped with a thermal camera will be deployed as announced by Ursula von der Leyen who came to inspect the Greek-Turkish land border on Tuesday (March 3). And " 100 additional border guards » will reinforce the 530 already deployed at the land and sea borders


  1. Rapid Border Interventions are designed to provide immediate assistance to an EU Member State” under urgent and exceptional pressure at its external border, in particular with regard to the large number of third-country nationals trying to enter its territory illegally “says the agency.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).