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Parliamentary questions
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11 October 2018
E-005204-18
Question for written answer E-005204-18
to the Council
Rule 130
Kostadinka Kuneva (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  How does Frontex protect migrants from abuse by traffickers?
 Answer in writing 

The murder of three female migrants crossing the Evros river from Turkey to Greece has caused a wave of revulsion(1). Greek authorities are investigating the case and owe it to the public to shed some light on this terrible crime and track down the perpetrators. The evidence so far suggests that the migrants were murdered by traffickers ‘as an example’, because they either refused or were unable to pay for their illegal trafficking.

According to a recent UNHCR report(2), more than 1 600 people this year have lost their lives or gone missing trying to reach Europe, the majority in the Mediterranean, but at least 80 at land crossings and at EU borders. Several people have been the direct victims of criminal acts by smugglers.

Frontex has been operating under enormous pressure as European Border and Coast Guard for two years, and has been required to coordinate and develop additional expertise and technical assistance in border areas. During that time it has seen its resources doubled.

In view of the above, can the Council say:

How effective is Frontex in protecting migrants from abuse by smugglers?
How is the EU expected to respond to the UNHCR’s call for safe and legal routes for refugees so that alternative deadly routes can be avoided?

(1)http://www.iefimerida.gr/news/450457/evros-doylemporoi-skotosan-gia-paradeigmatismo-tis-treis-gynaikes-epeidi-den-plirosan-ta
(2)http://www.unhcr.org/desperatejourneys/

Original language of question: EL 
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