Main Operations

Operation Poseidon supports Greece with border surveillance, saving lives at sea, registration and identification capacities, as well as combatting cross-border crime. The operational area covers the Greek sea borders with Turkey and the Greek islands.

Frontex supports Greece with almost 600 guest officers, who perform border surveillance, assist in the identification and registration of incoming migrants, as well as debriefing and screening.

Operation Poseidon Sea is increasingly becoming a multipurpose operation covering a number of aspects of cross border crime including smuggling of illegal substances, weapons, detection of forged documents and many others. It also covers several coast guard functions such as search and rescue, detection of illegal fishing and maritime pollution.

Debriefing officers deployed by the agency collect intelligence about people smuggling networks operating in Turkey and migrants’ countries of origin. The agency shares this information with the Greek authorities and Europol.

The agency also assists the Greek authorities in readmission operations from the hotspots.

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