The Mediterranean - guarding Europe's external borders
The Danish Armed Forces contributes to the work of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) in monitoring Europe's external borders. The task is solved in coorporation with local authorities and the Danish police.
The crew of one of the Armed Forces' Challenger aircraft operates some of the advanced surveillance equipment. Photo: Rune Dyrholm / The Danish Armed Forces.
Since 2015, Denmark has made a number of different contributions available to the EU's border agency Frontex.
The task of Frontex is to handle and coordinate efforts at the EU's external borders. Frontex addresses migration challenges, serious cross-border crime (smuggling, trafficking and terrorism) and identifies possible future threats to the EU's external borders.
Frontex operates on land, water and in the air. All operations contribute to, among other things, border control, registration of migrants and sea rescue (SAR).
The Danish contributions support the joint European effort against illegal migration flows and thus protect the safety and security of the Danes.
In 2022, the Danish Armed Forces and the Home Guard contributes the following capacities to Frontex's operations:
- Dispatch of patrol boat contributions throughout the year. The task is solved in cooperation with the police
- A vehicle with thermal observation equipment (Thermal Vision Vehicle, TVV) for approx. 180 days.
- A Fennec helicopter contribution for approx. six months.
- A Defender surveillance aircraft from the Home Guard for approx. one month.
- A Challenger surveillance plane for approx. one month.
- Personnel contribution in the form of interpreters and personnel for registration of refugees and migrants.
Period of timeFra 2015