GNR rescues 763 migrants in Frontex missions

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 04-01-2020 08:00:00 · 0 Comments

Portugal’s Republican Guard (GNR) involved in several European Border Agency and Coast Guard (Frontex) missions rescued 763 migrants out of a total of about 3,000 people assisted in 2019, the corporation said on Friday.

In a statement reviewing the Frontex missions conducted last year, the GNR said it helped some 3,000 migrants, of whom 763 were rescued from 225 boats detected.

Last year, the GNR participated in several missions of the European agency Frontex aimed at preventing, detecting and prosecuting cases of illegal immigration, human trafficking and other border crimes, contributing "fundamentally to the safeguarding of human lives".

As part of these missions, the GNR carried out 1,160 patrols, committed more than 7,000 hours, covered some 95,000 kilometres on land and 7,500 nautical miles at sea, and inspected more than 20,000 vehicles.

The GNR verified around 35,000 people, and 204 illegal entries into the Schengen area were prevented.

The GNR has deployed 111 soldiers to participate in Frontex missions in several European countries, such as Bulgaria, Croatia, Spain, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania and Ukraine.

The military carried out missions and tasks related to maritime surveillance and search and rescue operations, land surveillance and support for border control, criminal investigation and management of logistical support for the deployment of military and police officers in various missions.


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