In 2004 the EU approved the creation of its 19 th independent agency: FRONTEX. Since its commissioning has focused especially, at the request of Spain, in the deployment of operations of border controls aimed at the reduction of migratory flows from the Atlantic coast of Africa to the Canary Islands. The article discusses what has been the contribution of Spain in the creation and evolution of FRONTEX, in addition to what is the impact on Spain of the operations coordinated by the Agency in the Canary Islands.

Observatory of European foreign policy

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Raül Hernández i Sagrera. Member of the Observatory of European foreign policy.