The European Border and Coast Guard Agency’s (Frontex) executive director, Fabrice, Leggeri, resigned from his post on Friday, following a meeting of the Frontex Management Board on 28 and 29 April to discuss consequences of the European Anti-Fraud Office’s (OLAF) report on their investigations.
Data from the EU’s border force, Frontex, shows that the migrant situation in November 2021 as compared to the years 2020 and 2019 has intensified significantly. The report observes that in November 2021 the number of illegal border crossings was the highest since November 2015.
An extraordinary meeting was held in the port of Calais, France, to discuss the migrant situation in the English Channel on Sunday, 28 November. Migration officials from France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and the European Commission attended the meeting.
A group of around 30 refugees have been stuck in Usnarz Górny at the Poland-Belarus border, in conditions the International Organization for Migration called “extremely harsh (…) with limited access to drinking water and food, medical assistance, sanitation facilities and shelter”. Those conditions resulted now over the week-end in the death of four refugees – frozen to death as Polish border guards confirmed.
Since 1 June 2021, more than 1,000 migrants have attempted to cross the border from Belarus to Lithuania. Lithuanian prime minister Ingrida Simonyte claimed that, over the past month and a half, more migrants have tried to cross the state borders than in the last four years combined. The Lithuanian State Border Guard Service has declared a state of emergency and has started to build a fence on the almost 700km long border.