Dear European Border and Coast Guard Agency,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:

How many Collecting Return Operations (CROs) coordinated by Frontex were carried out in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021?

What were the countries of return that provided the aircraft and escorts for each operation?

Who were the organizing and participating Member States for each operation?

How many returnees were on each flight?

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Yours faithfully,

Nicole Ostrand

European Border and Coast Guard Agency

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Dear European Border and Coast Guard Agency,

I received a message on 15 June that my request has been forwarded to the Media and Public Relations Office. I just wanted to follow up to make sure it was passed on as I have not heard anything from the Media and Public Relations Office. Perhaps there is an email I can use to contact them to check on this? Thanks in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Nicole Ostrand

European Border and Coast Guard Agency

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Press, European Border and Coast Guard Agency

Dear Nicole,

 

Thank you for contacting Frontex.

 

Please find the answers to your questions below:

 

How many Collecting Return Operations (CROs) coordinated by Frontex were
carried out in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021?

┌─────────────────────────┬──────────────────┬───────────────────┐
│Type of operation │Departure Year │Number of returns │
├─────────────────────────┼──────────────────┼───────────────────┤
│CRO │ 2017│ 38│
├─────────────────────────┼──────────────────┼───────────────────┤
│ │ 2018│ 67│
├─────────────────────────┼──────────────────┼───────────────────┤
│ │ 2019│ 64│
├─────────────────────────┼──────────────────┼───────────────────┤
│ │ 2020│ 36│
├─────────────────────────┼──────────────────┼───────────────────┤
│ │ 2021│ 62│
└─────────────────────────┴──────────────────┴───────────────────┘

 

What were the countries of return that provided the aircraft and escorts
for each operation?

The following destination countries were reached by Frontex supported
Collecting Return Operations: Albania, Georgia, Montenegro, Serbia and
Ukraine.

The means of transport and the escorts came from the above listed
countries. On one occasion in 2017, on a flight to Serbia and Montenegro,
Serbian escorts were escorting returnees to both destinations based on an
agreement between Germany and the two countries. Soon after this,
Montenegrin escorts completed the Frontex training for CROs and conducted
their own operations with Montenegrin escorts and returnees. 

 

Who were the organizing and participating Member States for each
operation?

┌───────────────┬──────────────────────┬─────────┐
│Type of │Organising Member │Number of│
│operation │States │returnees│
├───────────────┼──────────────────────┼─────────┤
│CRO (2017-2021)│Belgium │26 │
├───────────────┼──────────────────────┼─────────┤
│ │France │4668 │
├───────────────┼──────────────────────┼─────────┤
│ │Germany │3787 │
├───────────────┼──────────────────────┼─────────┤
│ │Iceland │10 │
├───────────────┼──────────────────────┼─────────┤
│ │The Netherlands │46 │
├───────────────┼──────────────────────┼─────────┤
│Grand Total │ │8537 │
└───────────────┴──────────────────────┴─────────┘

 

┌───────────────┬──────────────────────┬─────────┐
│Type of │Participating Member │Number of│
│operation │States │returnees│
├───────────────┼──────────────────────┼─────────┤
│CRO (2017-2021)│Belgium │594 │
├───────────────┼──────────────────────┼─────────┤
│ │Finland │5 │
├───────────────┼──────────────────────┼─────────┤
│ │France │72 │
├───────────────┼──────────────────────┼─────────┤
│ │Germany │34 │
├───────────────┼──────────────────────┼─────────┤
│ │Greece │40 │
├───────────────┼──────────────────────┼─────────┤
│ │Hungary │1 │
├───────────────┼──────────────────────┼─────────┤
│ │Iceland │28 │
├───────────────┼──────────────────────┼─────────┤
│ │Italy │69 │
├───────────────┼──────────────────────┼─────────┤
│ │Luxembourg │14 │
├───────────────┼──────────────────────┼─────────┤
│ │Portugal │1 │
├───────────────┼──────────────────────┼─────────┤
│ │Spain │18 │
├───────────────┼──────────────────────┼─────────┤
│ │Sweden │29 │
├───────────────┼──────────────────────┼─────────┤
│ │Switzerland │20 │
├───────────────┼──────────────────────┼─────────┤
│ │The Netherlands │105 │
├───────────────┼──────────────────────┼─────────┤
│Grand Total │ │1030 │
└───────────────┴──────────────────────┴─────────┘

 

How many returnees were on each flight?

On average 36 returnees were on one flight.

 

Kind regards,

Media and Public Relations Office

 

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