Immigration : Frontex Comes to Italy's Aid as Migration Tensions Grow
The European Union has launched a Frontex operation to help Italy deal with a wave of Tunisian immigrants who have arrived on its island of Lampedusa in the last few days. The operation was launched on 20 February with around thirty experts, one plane and a few ships. Over ten EU countries plus Switzerland have promised to join in with the two countries which are already active in the area (Italy and Malta).
Officially, the operation, which has been dubbed Hermes 2011', was launched up until 31 March. But it will no doubt be extended, said a spokesperson from Frontex, the EU's external border monitoring agency headquartered in Warsaw. Following an Italian request four days …
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Publication information: Article title: Immigration : Frontex Comes to Italy's Aid as Migration Tensions Grow. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: Europe-East. Publication date: February 28, 2011. Page number: 288972. © 2009 Europolitics. COPYRIGHT 2011 Gale Group.
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