EU Plans to Spend €5bn a Year Targeting Illegal Migration

The EU will establish a 10,000-strong standing corp of guards to patrol its borders, part of plans that call for tripling to €5 billion its yearly spending targeting illegal migration. The plans also call for new border infrastructure, including scanners, automated number plate recognition systems, and mobile laboratories for sample analysis, and the border guard corps will be accompanied by new teams of sniffer dogs. The border spending is part of the European Commission's €34.9 billion spending plan for 2021 to 2027, but the Commission has said it would not fund fences on the EU’s borders.