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Vanessa, a standing corps recruit from Portugal


Meet Vanessa, a Frontex standing corps officer from Portugal currently working in Greece:

“I come from the Portuguese maritime police. In Greece, as a European Border and Coast Guard officer, I am working in the coordination centre of the joint operation Poseidon in Greece.
We keep an eye on the activities on several islands in the Aegean Sea and make sure that our officers and their equipment have everything they need to take part in the biggest Frontex operation.
Perhaps the most complicated challenge is finding a balance between family and professional life. Being away from my son and husband is not easy, but they will join me soon and they are very excited for this new adventure.
I think that becoming part of Europe’s first uniformed service was a great decision. There are so many opportunities to learn and grow.
I am learning every day. It is a challenging and rewarding job. The most important thing for me is to have a feeling of accomplishment, to help others and to be able to contribute to a safer Europe.”

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