EU tests on Lesbos Island a project pilot to quickly screen refugees

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. “First the migrants are identified. They are screened. The purpose of this step is to establish the real nationality,” one of the center’s operators said. More than 1,000 migrants and refugees per day are screened to try to quickly establish their identity and the information is transmitted to police forces and authorities around the EU. Interviewers include interpreters familiar with regional dialects. Police officers use picture books to help applicants point out answers. Questions are closely guarded to prevent migrants from studying potential answers beforehand. The migrants are fingerprinted, their palm and each finger. Their details are entered in a database available to other European Union police forces. If this procedure helps,  authorities plan rapid expand it to other refugees concentration areas.

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