External Schengen border
Lieu: Orestiada, Greece
End production: 24/10/2012 First transmission: 29/10/2012
Greece and Turkey
Background on the work of Frontex:
Frontex had Joint Operation at the Greek-Turkish land border since 2006. At the beginning these were not permanent operations, as major migratory pressure was at the sea border not at the land border. This situation changed dramatically in the second half of 2010 when most of the migrants started entering Greece through the land border in the Evros region. In October 2010 over 300 migrants were crossing this border every day. Following a request from the Greek authorities Frontex deployed RABITs at the beginning of November 2010. The RABIT deployment, which involeved some 200 officers from across the EU lasted 4 months. At the beginning of March RABIT deployment ended and the Frontex operation in the Evros region became a permanent operation Poseidon Land. Every month thera are some 80 officers deployed there.
Frontex officers are deployed along the entire land border between Greece and Turkey, which is about 200 km.
With the deployment of additional Greek border guards (1800 additional officers) at the beginning of August the numbers of migrants detected at the border dropped significantly . For example in June 2012 over 4800 migrants crossed the border, in July 2012 over 6800 migrants crossed the border. In August the number decreased to little over 2000 and in September it was only 180.
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||Thermal cameras sequences of illeages land crossing at the Greek-Turkish border, region around Orestiada, Greece, one shot of a night shot camera
||New installed fence at the Greek-Turkish border, military zone, police on a day-to-day patrol, several shots of this border zone, (6 shots)
||Exterior view of the border zone, the Turkish city Edirne is visible with its mayor mosques, (3 shots)
||Exterior view of the police headquarter in Orestiada, (2 shots)
||Interior, Mr Saramagas, Director of the police in the region of Orestiada, is meeting with a Dutch and German officer, who are deployed to the region in the framework of the Frontex Joint Operation at the Greek-Turkish land border, close shots of the land border showing the river Evros, (4 shots)
||Interior, Camera surveillance centre that functions 24h 7/7, different views, (5 shots)
||Exterior view of the surveillance centre, (2 shots)
||Two officer working for the Frontex JO on the way to meet with Greek police gards, travel shot of the car,(1 shot), meeting and discussing together on the road towards the boarder, the Greek police gets ready to check the surroundings with a special trained dog, (4 shots)
||Train station of the village Neavissa, migrants have often in the past gathered here to either catch directly a train to another destination or to be picked up by the local police, the Greek police does check ID cards of train passengers, (3 shots)
||Alexandropolis, exterior view of the train station, a sprayed slogan is saying 'solidarity with immigrants',
(2 shots), passengers getting into the train and train is leaving to Athens (where estimated 1.6 Million migrants live), (4 shots)
||Exterior, night view of the Police headquarter in Orestiada, (1 shot), bríefing of the different teams that will control in a night shift the land boarder around Orestiada, close up shots, (6 shots)
||Exterior view of the van in the fields, thermal surveillance camera orientated to overlook the valley, two German officers are analysing the thermal night shots, (8 shots)