The implementation protocol of the readmission treaty between Estonia and Russia came in force on Monday, enabling to send illegal border crossers back to their citizenship or residence state, LETA/Delfi reports.
The protocol was signed in September this year in Moscow.
Estonia has concluded implementation protocols of the readmission treaty also with Moldova, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.
In 2010, 111 cases off illegal border crossing were discovered at Estonia’s exterior border and 169 illegal border crossers were detained.
The majority of the illegal border crossings took place involuntarily, during fishing on border lakes or at sea or due to navigation errors. Five cases were attempts of illegal immigration.