Sub-Saharan migrants disembark from a Sea Rescue vessel upon their arrival to the port of Motril in Granada, Spain, 27 April 2019 | Photo: EPA/Miguel Paquet
Sub-Saharan migrants disembark from a Sea Rescue vessel upon their arrival to the port of Motril in Granada, Spain, 27 April 2019 | Photo: EPA/Miguel Paquet

The European Council has stepped up information exchange between EU countries on the issue of migration flows through regulations that improve the efficiency of border checks and help to fight against irregular migration.

The European Council (EC) has adopted two regulations that establish a framework for the interoperability between EU information systems regarding justice and internal affairs. The framework is aimed at facilitating information exchange to improve security within the EU, enabling more efficient border control, improving the finding of multiple identities used, and helping prevent illegal migration, the EC writes in a statement. 


Reciprocal integration between countries 

According to the EC, the regulations will make it possible to work together in a more targeted way. For example, the measures will facilitate the exchange of information of correct identification of individuals and help to fight against identity fraud. A  research website will be set up that will make it possible for the authorities to carry out simultaneous searches on various information systems, using both public registry data and biometric data. There will also be a shared service for biometric comparison, which will make it possible to search for and compare biometric data (fingerprints and facial images) from several different systems, the EC writes.

Joint data archive 

Moreover, the regulations will create a joint archive for identity data that will contain public registry and biometric data for the citizens of third countries available in the EU's various information systems. A multiple identity detector, which will check whether the registry data resulting from the search is present in any of the other systems covered, will make it possible to discover multiple identities linked to the same person with biometric data, the EC adds.
 

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