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Frontex: Mission in Greece

45' (GER, ENG subs)
Who can stay, who has to go? And who are the traffickers of the refugees stranded in Greece? These are the questions and tasks that Frontex employees in Lesbos and Samos are hoping to solve.

Frontex, the European agency for the management of operational cooperation at the borders of the member states of the EU, is bombarded with many tasks relating to the rising number of refugees in Europe. Our team exposes their hardships by accompanying three police officers on their task in Greece.

For the first time, we are granted the opportunity of accompanying three German police officers on their Frontex mission in Greece, to witness firsthand the task at hand. What is special about this? Only federal police officers are actually allowed to do this, but due to growing lack in federal officers, the federal government is now drawing on the state police. After a brief training period - off they will go.

What picture will the police officers get of the refugee situation in Lesbos? Can they help put a stop to traffickers? Will language and cultural differences become obstacles, both with refugees and local Frontex colleagues?

This documentary shows, despite huge bureaucratic hurdles, the German police officers’ efforts to make a valuable contribution within the framework of Frontex.

Fotos: ©WDR

Original Title: Mission im Grenzbereich – Deutsche Polizisten in Griechenland
Year: 2016
Length: 45' (GER, ENG subs)
Resolution: HD
Film by: Tanja Reinhard, Jörg Laaks
Produced by: WDR

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