Europe Wants Drones To Spot Illegal Immigrants at Sea

The European Union wants robotic eyes on incoming immigrants.

As part of a $410 million proposal to improve border security, the European Commission, the executive body of the Union, is considering a deployment of drones above the Mediterranean Sea to keep an eye on illegal immigrants. Alongside increased satellite activity, “sensors mounted on any platforms, including manned and unmanned aerial vehicles” would keep a close watch on unauthorized immigration activity in the Mediterranean Sea, according to the European agency in charge of the EU’s borders.

The proposal is called the EUROSUR project (.pdf), and it’s yet to be debated in the European Parliament and the Council. But Eurocrats are hoping to put it into place by next year. “EUROSUR will help detect and fight criminal networks’ activities and be a crucial tool for saving migrants who put their lives at risk trying to reach EU shores,” said Cecilia Malmström, the EU’s commissioner for home affairs.

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Source: Wired

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