The European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) Wien deployed a new team to support the Austrian authorities in implementing the voluntary return of migrants. Four “experienced repatriation officers” work together “with the experts from the Federal Agency for Care and Support Services (BBU)”. Frontex officers would be involved in transporting people from different locations in Austria to Wiener airport as well as to bus and train stations and “with all airport procedures such as check-in and security checks”.
Since December 2002, the BBU has been responsible for the basic care for asylum seekers as well as for those entitled to asylum, displaced persons and persons who cannot be deported. According to her own statements, legal advice and representation is also part of her area of responsibility – as well as “return advice and return assistance”.
The “voluntary return” is “a priority for the Austrian Ministry of the Interior and for Frontex,” the Frontex statement said. In the first half of 2022, the agency supported the EU member states in the repatriation of a total of 11,000 people – only 30 percent wanted to leave the EU voluntarily.
Frontex was founded in 2004. According to its own statements, the agency “promotes, coordinates and develops European border management in line with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the concept of integrated border management”.