South Americans stopped at Schiphol

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9 March 2007 AMSTERDAM – The European border police, including the Marechaussee at Schiphol, have refused about 75 South Americans entry to the Netherlands over the past two weeks. The action has been running since 19 February and is part of a Frontex operation at eight airports in six EU countries.

9 March 2007
 
AMSTERDAM – The European border police, including the Marechaussee at Schiphol, have refused about 75 South Americans entry to the Netherlands over the past two weeks. The action has been running since 19 February and is part of a Frontex operation at eight airports in six EU countries.

The Frontex agency patrols the outer borders of the European Union. The operation is aimed at illegal immigration from South America to the EU, especially Spain and Portugal. A spokesperson for Frontex said that a total of 1,788 people have been "intercepted" so far. Most of them come from Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay. The action ends today.

The border patrol authorities in the participating countries have sent employees on country exchanges for the occasion. Two Spanish and two Portuguese officers helped out at Schiphol, for instance, said a spokesperson for the Marechaussee. The people who were not allowed through customs at Schiphol were sent back on the next flight.

The Dutch airport only processed a relatively small number of the illegal South American immigrants. The border patrol at the airport in Madrid for instance refused entry to almost 960 people.

South Americans generally choose for Spain or Portugal because they already speak the language of these countries. Paris is also popular, said the Frontex spokesperson.

The Netherlands, Germany and Italy, the other countries in the project, are less popular because of the language issue. There are also far fewer direct flights to these countries from South America.

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