Control at the turkish border

Establishing an integrated border management system (2nd phase)

Background

Although an earlier project improved Turkey’s border regime, further steps were necessary to make it compliant with EU requirements and more effective in combating all forms of cross-border crime and irregular migration. The border authorities required tools and training to identify illegal crossings more efficiently so as not to impede the movement of legitimate travellers and vehicles.


The aims of the project and its core activities

The goal of this project was to support the Turkish authorities in building an integrated approach to border management by expanding a prototype green (land) and blue (sea) border surveillance and check point system developed under a previous EU project. Five agencies – the General Staff (Land Forces), Turkish National Police, Gendarmerie General Command, Coast Guard Command and Ministry of Health – were involved in this new project.

Risk-management models were developed for police and health ministry staff. In the case of the former, this enabled them, among other things, to better identify on what subjects their border inspections needed to focus. For the latter, the risk analysis focused on the prevention of infectious diseases. These models contributed to proposals for a tailor-made risk management system for the country’s integrated border management network as a whole.

At a technical level, the equipment at selected crossing points on the country’s eastern border was upgraded with the installation of modern surveillance and control systems.