As the migrant crisis intensifies, is this the beginning of the end of Europe’s Schengen Area?


Alan Mendoza, executive director of the Henry Jackson Society, says Yes

As with many of the European Union’s practices, institutions and ambitions, the Schengen Agreement is fraying in the face of circumstances vastly different to those it was drawn up to cater for back in 1985.

The abolition of internal border controls was only ever possible if two conditions were adhered to: external borders are watertight, and migrants and asylum seekers are registered and required to stay in the first country they arrived in.

Understandably, given the sheer scale of the migration and refugee situation now facing Europe, this has broken down.

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