The aim of the European Union’s southern border control mission is to limit illegal immigration into the twenty-seven member countries. The second patrol mission called “Nautilus Two” in the waters between Sicily, Malta and Libya paused last week due to lack of resources. The patrols are made up of navy ships and helicoptors from E.U. countries. These border control missions are coordinated by the EU’s agency Frontex. The agency has now come under pressure to re-start the patrols that one European Parliament member says have been effective in substantially reducing the number of illegals arriving in Malta in the past month. A European Commission spokesman says everything will be done so that the E.U. will have permanent missions in the high risk areas such as the Mediterranean and the Atlantic next year. The Nautilus Two operation was launched in the Mediterranean at the end of June by Malta,Greece, Germany, France and Italy.The spokesman expressed hope the naval border control missions will soon be back in operation. Around half a million illegal immigrants manage to arrive in the E.U. every year.
Frontex: Nautilus II mission suspended