The Future of the Schengen Zone

Dec. 12, 2015 There are increasing indications that the Schengen zone will not survive in a fragmented Europe, at least not in its current form, and this could lead to negative impacts on trade and tourism.

Briefing

|December 12, 2015

European leaders will meet next week to discuss the migration crisis and border control proposals, as members of the European Union are increasingly divided over the future of the bloc’s free movement area, Schengen. The Schengen agreement removed border controls of 26 European countries and allowed people to move from one country to another without needing to receive visas or stop for border checks once inside the zone. There are growing indications that the free movement agreement is under threat. Over the past few weeks, Greece has been threatened with suspension from the Schengen zone, and Germany and France floated a plan to allow for a European border control force to be deployed, if necessary, regardless of whether or not the host country approved. As well, the Dutch raised the idea of a mini-Schengen zone and Central European leaders publicly expressed fears of exclusion from the free movement zone.

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