27-11-15

Dijsselbloem says refugee crisis could lead to 'mini-Schengen' zone

Eurogroup chairman says EU member states must invest more in protecting the external borders of the European Union

Dijsselbloem (r.) with EU Commissioner Moscovici

Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem has warned that EU member states which fail to adequately guard the external borders of the European Union and do not take in a fair share of refugees could find themselves outside the borders of a future “mini-Schengen” zone, Reuters reported. Dijsselbloem, who is Dutch finance minister, called for more joint investment in border guarding and for more support for refugee camps in Turkey and Lebanon.”If we do not do it in the external borders of the EU's 28 members, or in the Schengen zone, then maybe we will have to do it on the level of a mini-Schengen zone,” Dijsselbloem said in an interview in Belgian business dailies De Tijd and L'Echo. See also our cepInput on the empirical and legal aspects of the refugee crisis.