From the 16th to the 23rd of May the Polish city of Varsovia will host a program of debates, movies and protests to raise awareness of the cases of deportations that take place every year in the borders of European countries under the title “Anti-Frontex Days”.
Varsovia precisely plays host to the European border agency, known as Frontex, an institution created in 2004 that has operated since 2005 as a coordination mechanism between the different border enforcement authorities of the member states of the European Union (EU) in charge of the mass deportations that occur each year from European borders.
To this end, Frontex combines a great quantity of tasks and activities into a single body that traditionally were separated among member states of the EU. In this sense, they act as an intelligence monitoring and data gathering service for everything that occurs in the exterior borders of the EU.
Thus Poland has become the collection point of the persecuted and detained migrants. For example, in 2009 Frontex expelled some 1,500 people in a total of 30 flights and last fall carried out the deportation to Tbilisi of 56 Georgian immigrants detained in Austria, Germany, France, and Poland. During this year Frontex had expected to organize up to 40 collective deportations. Currently the agency is developing projects for real-time monitoring of the borders including live satellite images, radars and cameras.
In fact, Polish companies and universities are cooperating marginally with this agency in the development of new technology to apply at European borders, as in the case of the Polytechnic University of Varsovia and various private companies. In a joint project with the countries of the EU and the Israel Aerospace Industries, these institutions are working on the application of an intelligent control system with unmanned airplanes to replace the security personnel at the borders.
To address this issue, the Polish government has made public that they have already professed to make use of the EU presidency from now till July of this year to fortify the border regime by expanding the powers of Frontex. To highlight the politics of immigration in the EU and the situation of the undocumented immigrants who arrive in the European continent and other parts of the world Varsovia will host “Anti-Frontex Days”, a few days in which they will debate “selective inclusion”, undocumented workers, the borders in Europe to the Arab revolutions and “The United States and the Great Wall in Mexico”.
In addition, for five days they will screen full-length films with migratory reality as the theme. On the 22nd and 23rd of May they will hold various concerts to raise the curtain on the week’s activities.
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(Translated by Teri Miller)