Ten Norwegians participate in Frontex operation in Greece

Ten Norwegians participate in Frontex operation in GreeceA Frontex officer (L) escorts a migrant as he boards a Turkish-flagged passenger boat to be returned to Turkey, on the Greek island of Lesbos. REUTERS/Giorgos Moutafis

Norway will send ten people to assist the EU border agency Frontex. The Norwegians will take part in a unit numbering 1500 people  who will help Greece in escorting migrants to Turkey.


The ten Norwegians departed for Greece at the weekend and will from Monday onwards be participating   in the operation of Frontex on the Greek island of Chios ,  senior adviser Anne Margrete Alvæm in Police Directorate says to the news agency NTB.

Frontex had previously requested Norway  to contribute people and resources in order to help them carry out the return agreement between the EU and Turkey, and with the 10 people being sent, Norway has now made a small contribution to this.
The Frontex force will consist of a total of 1,500 officials from Frontex member countries, as well as 50 civilians who  will perform administrative tasks.
Frontex has asked for 2,300 people. The Agency believes this number is necessary to implement the agreement. The agreement was signed on March 20, but the returns of migrants was postponed to Monday due to a lack of Frontex crew .


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today