Rapid Border Intervention and the Greek-Turkish Border
On 2 March 2020, Frontex launched a rapid border intervention to assist Greece in dealing with the large numbers of migrants at its external borders to Turkey. Border guards and other relevant staff as well as technical equipment will be deployed and provided by the Rapid Reaction and Rapid Reaction Equipment Pools. Consequently, on 12 March 2020, 100 additional border guards from 22 EU Member States were deployed at the Greek land borders. Furthermore, Member States are providing technical equipment, including vessels, maritime surveillance aircraft, and Thermal-Vision Vehicles. Two additional Frontex border surveillance planes are in action. Prior to this rapid border intervention, Frontex already had more than 500 officers deployed in Greece, along with 11 vessels and various other equipment.