Twelve seconds to decide
In search of excellence : Frontex and the principle of best practice
An EU border guard has on average just 12 seconds to decide whether the traveller in front of them is legitimate or not, or to assess if their documents are genuine. For tens of thousands of people each year, refusal at the border post can change a life. Those 12 seconds may also be the only time that a victim of human trafficking comes into contact with law enforcement authorities before they descend into the ‘underground’ where the darkest kinds of exploitation can occur. The border guard’s decision, in other words, can have the profoundest consequences for the individual standing before... them – and it has never been more important to get this process right. This is what Frontex is about: an ever-evolving organisation dedicated not just to streamlining existing practices, but to their constant improvement as well. The pursuit of professional excellence – the quest to establish ‘best practice’ on the EU’s borders – has become a kind of institutional mantra.When the security and economic well-being of Europe’s millions depend as much as they do on those 12 seconds to decide, nothing less will do.
- Corporate author(s): Frontex (EU body or agency)
- Personal author(s): Fergusson, James Themes: Fundamental rights , Foreign and security policy — Defence
- Subject: border control , external border of the EU , fight against crime , forgery of documents , Frontex , frontier , frontier migration , illegal migration , immigration , trafficking in human beings