MIGRATION PANORAMA | Schengen in the spotlight: a Europe with or without borders?

12 April 2016
Andreia Ghimis (Former Junior Policy Analyst at the EPC), Robert Goebbels (Former Luxembourg Minister and Former Member of the European Parliament, Signatory of the Schengen agreement), Sylvie Guillaume (Member of the European Parliament), Aleksej Heinze (Co-Director, Centre for Digital Business, Salford Business School), Radko Hokovský (Executive Director, European Values think tank), Nick Malkoutzis (Editor, MacroPolis), Yves Pascouau (Senior Adviser to EPC on migration and mobility policies) and Herman Van Rompuy (EPC President)

The first edition of this new multi-authored publication entitled ‘Migration Panorama’ focuses on the consequences of the refugee and migration crisis on the Schengen area and the concept of a borderless union. Several external and EPC authors have contributed to building a comprehensive picture on the manifold challenges and possible consequences of maintaining and/or returning to internal border controls among Schengen countries. How does a signatory of the Schengen agreement see the current developments? What would be the impact of the reintroduction of physical borders on Europe’s digital economy? In what way do the V4 countries envisage to solve the ‘Schengen crisis’? How dangerous are the empty threats to expel Greece out of the Schengen area? What is the symbolic meaning of the Belgian border controls following the French decision to dismantle parts of the Calais ‘jungle’? Is saving Schengen only a question of national sovereignty or a matter of shared European responsibility? All these questions and many others are tackled in this first issue of the ‘Migration Panorama’ produced by EPC’ s Migration and Diversity Programme.

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