Interior Minister: Schengen free movement under threat

If the EU cannot slow down and control the refugee flow into Europe by the end of this year, one of its greatest achievements – the Schengen free movement area – can be dismantled, Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis (Unity) told Latvian Television Thursday.

Kozlovskis said that the main thing to do is to solve the sources of the crisis so it is mitigated and people fleeing zones of conflict and economic migrants can stay home.

The huge refugee influx poses a threat to free movement in the Schengen Area, and if solutions aren't found this year, there'll be question marks around its further existence, said Kozlovskis.

EU leaders have agreed at the ongoing Valletta Summit on migration to create the €1.8bn  fund for strengthening the development and borders of African countries, and Latvia will contribute €50,000 to it. 

This follows the decision by Sweden to reinstate border controls for 10 days due to refugee inflow.

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