EU plans flights to deport illegal immigrants

The European Union is drawing up plans to charter its own flights to return illegal immigrants to their home countries.

DAILY TELEGRAPH, 29 Oct 2009: Under the plan, individual member states would be able to claim seats on planes for rejected asylum seekers they wish to remove. The EU flights would then make multiple stops in different countries to collect deportees before flying on to their country of origin.

The plan for a common EU approach to repatriation flights is set to be approved by an EU summit in Brussels on Friday. A document due to be debated at the summit shows that Frontex, the EU’s external border agency, would fund and operate the shared flights.

Britain is not a full member of Frontex, but helps fund the Warsaw-based agency and UK borders agency staff have been seconded to work for it.

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