EU's Schengen members urged to lift border checks to save passport-free zone

EU's Schengen members urged to lift border checks to save passport-free zone

The Guardian: World News

European commission says that while external borders need strengthening, collapse of free movement zone could damage business and deter tourists

European Union countries are being urged to lift internal border controls before the end of the year, to save the “crowning achievement” of the passport-free travel zone from total collapse, according to a draft report by the European commission.

Walls, fences and border checks have returned across Europe as the EU struggles to cope with the biggest inflow of refugees since the end of the second world war. Since September 2015, eight countries in the 26-nation passport-free Schengen zone have re-instated border checks.

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