Brought to you by the OSCE Transnational Threats Department, Border Security and Management Unit

In this great series of podcasts, the OSCE TNTD/BSMU is interviewing front-line officers at the borders in an effort to answer questions and illustrate the current situation on the field.

As well as challenges around the COVID-19 breakout, the podcast will tackle issues such as travel and freedom of movement in these exceptional circumstances – trying to provide simple answers to difficult questions.

In this third episode, Angelisa Corbo interviewed Mr. Franz Zeiner from the Austrian Police, Unit for migration control. Mr. Zeiner has been a border police officer since 1988 and now works as an expert for travel document security. In this capacity, Mr. Zeiner has collaborated with the OSCE Transnational Threats Department’s Border Security and Management Unit on numerous occasions conducting training on this very topic. In this interview, Mr. Zeiner is not only giving us a closer look at the current situation at the Austrian border but also tells us how he became a border officer and what makes this job so special for him.

In this episode, Mr. Astrahan elaborates on the challenges the Moldovan Border Police is facing during the COVID-19 crisis in relation to implementation of contingency plans, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and in regional co-ordination. Mr. Astrahan also gives an in-depth overview of logistical adjustments and arrangements put in place to provide psychological support for border guards in these times of crisis.

In this first-ever episode, Angelisa Corbo talks to Ms. Zaineb Gharbi, a Lieutenant Colonel at the border police of Tunisia and Assistant Security Manager at Tunis Carthage Airport. Ms. Ghabri has been working in the first line for eleven years. In parallel to her everyday duties at the border she is currently a doctoral researcher in sociology. She also holds a master’s degree in border management and another in human resources management (Professional stress management). Ms. Gharbi, who is a mother of two, will give us an in-depth look into her daily work routine and how it has been altered by the ongoing pandemic and furthermore will give us a closer look at the gender aspect of the current situation.