During a recent briefing to the Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament, Frontex Executive Director Ilkka Laitinen revealed that the Frontex name for its four year old interdiction operation in the central Mediterranean will change from “Nautilus” to “Chronos” as of April 2010.
“According to figures given by Frontex [at the briefing], only 3,300 illegal immigrants reached Malta and Lampedusa last year, less than half the number registered in the previous year. In the case of Malta, there were 2,775 arrivals in 2008 and 1,475 in 2009.”
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