Portugal’s border control agency admits closing borders “almost impossible”

As Europe braces itself against the spectre of yet more terrorist attacks, Portugal’s border control agency SEF has admitted any order to close this country’s borders would be “almost impossible” to effect. President of the syndicate of SEF inspectors Acácio Pereira claims SEF doesn’t even have the manpower to watch the borders sufficiently, let alone close them.

SEF can only muster 700 agents to secure frontiers, he stressed, and in the event of a suspension of the Schengen agreement, this would simply not be enough to deal with the millions that visit the country by road, air and sea every year.