Press Release: The EU needs to overcome fear and divisions to safeguard Schengen, say MEPs

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Series Details 02.02.16
Publication Date 02/02/2016
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The European Parliament's plenary session held on 2 February 2016 a debate with the Dutch presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission regarding the migration crisis and the threats facing the Schengen agreement.

Many MEPs stated the European Union needed to overcome its paralysing fears and divisions and to manage migration and refugee flows effectively. The chamber also considered that protecting the EU's external borders effectively was vital to safeguard the Schengen passport-free area.

Some also called for zero tolerance of racist and violent attacks against migrants and refugees.

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