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Movement of Persons, Security and Asylum in the Schengen Area 2015-16

Elspeth Guild

Abstract (Extrait uniquement en anglais)

The 2015-16 turbulence in the Schengen area of border control free movement of persons has astonished many observers. Germany began the move to close borders with its neighbors in early September 2015 triggering a similar move in Austria, all based on the movement of refugees across the so-called Balkan route from Turkey to Germany and beyond. The Nordic states, with a long tradition of no border controls on persons among themselves, joined the rush to re-introduce (temporarily) border controls in the face of refugees seeking a welcome. This paper examines the law and events of the Schengen border control crisis over 2015-16 in light of the Member States obligations under European Union law.


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