The United Kingdom has reached a provisional agreement with the European Union to join Frontex, the agency responsible for monitoring the European external border. Details of the precise arrangements between the UK and the EU are still being discussed, according to a spokesperson for the British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
Since the United Kingdom left the EU, the country no longer has an agreement in place that allows it to return migrants who have crossed the Channel to the European mainland. Sunak is expected to announce the final deal next month, according to the spokesperson.
The Sunak government is attempting to reduce migration through various means. One of the most controversial methods is by sending illegal migrants to Rwanda. The UK entered into a £140 million (approximately €163 million) deal with Rwanda to accommodate these migrants.
Frontex, officially known as the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, is an agency of the European Union (EU) responsible for coordinating cooperation between EU member states in managing and securing the EU’s external borders. Established in 2004 and headquartered in Warsaw, Poland, Frontex plays a crucial role in enhancing border security, ensuring the smooth and orderly management of people and goods entering and leaving the Schengen Area, and combating cross-border crime and irregular migration.