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The Schengen Area [What Think Tanks are Thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski,

The unprecedented migration crisis has put severe pressure on the Schengen area of 26 European countries which have abolished passport and any other type of control at their common borders. As member states reinstate border checks, some politicians predict that the Schengen area may break apart unless a solution is quickly found to manage the flow of migrants fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Of 28 EU member states, 22 participate in the Schengen area. Of the six members that do not, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania are legally obliged and wish to join the area, while Ireland and Britain maintain opt-outs.

This note offers links to recent studies and reports from major international think tanks and research institutes on the state of future of the Schengen area. More papers on the migration crisis can be found in a previous edition of ‘What think tanks are thinking‘.

The Schengen Area and the EU's visa policy

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Les conséquences économiques d’un abandon de Schengen
France Stratégie, February 2016

Fine di Schengen? I costi politici ed economici
Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale, February 2016

The economic consequences of Schengen
Bruegel, January 2016

A more perfect, but also smaller union?
Centre for European Policy Studies, January 2016

“Schengen”: A race against the time or a fools’ game?
Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute, January 2015

Can Schengen survive?
Centre for European Policy Studies, December 2015

Cross-border commuters and trips: The relevance of Schengen
Bruegel, December 2015

What is happening to the Schengen borders?
Centre for European Policy Studies, December 2015

La crisis de los refugiados y la respuesta europea
Real Instituto Elcano, November 2015

Border and migration management in the East
Polish Institute of International Affairs, Norwegian Institute for International Affairs, September 2015

Das schiefe Haus Europa
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik, September 2015

Borderline chaos: The EU’s new challenge
Council on Foreign Relations, September 2015

Europe rethinks the Schengen Agreement
Australian Institute of International Affairs, Stratfor, September 2015

Europe’s refugee crisis and the unravelling of the Union
German Marshall Fund, September 2015

The refugee crisis: Schengen’s slippery slope
European Policy Centre, September 2015

Schengen Area: The interaction of veto-players and the new member states
European Student Think Tank, September 2015

Is Schengen Dead?
Carnegie Europe, August 2015

Schengen anniversary: EPC special collection
European Policy Centre, June 2015

Immigrazione: Schengen e il caso Ventimiglia
Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale, June 2015

The Schengen governance package: Another missed opportunity?
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Institute for European Studies, February 2015

Free movement in focus: Is one of the EU’s freedoms at risk?
Wielfred Martens Centre for European Studies, June 2014

Border control and the right of asylum: Where is the EU heading?
Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute, June 2014

The free movement of people in the European Union: Principle, stakes and challenges
Robert Schuman Foundation, May 2014

The governance of migration, mobility and asylum in the EU: A contentious laboratory
Instituto Affari Internazionali, April 2014

The Schengen governance package: The subtle balance between Community method and intergovernmental approach
European Policy Centre, Institut français des relations internationales, German Council on Foreign Relations, December 2013

The future of the Schengen system
Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies, November 2013

Saving Schengen: How to protect passport-free travel in Europe
Centre for European Reform, January 2012


3 thoughts on “The Schengen Area [What Think Tanks are Thinking]

  1. My husband and I, both retired, have been traveling in SE Asia- away outside of our home in North America for 4 months. We will soon be spending our allotted 90 days in two countries in the EU. We would love to have spent more time in other European countries, but have been precluded from doing so because of the Schengen Area restriction. I cannot help but think that this limitation must drastically impact tourism. If this agreement continues, we think it would be beneficial to perhaps allow for lengthier travel allowances for retirees.

    Posted by Marilyn Ross | February 16, 2016, 08:56


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