Europe without Borders – will the dream last? The Future of Schengen and visa freedom in Europe
Thursday, 15 November 2012, 12.30-14.00
Residence of the Austrian Embassy
18 Belgrave Square
London SW1X 8PX
Border controls are a thing of the past today among most European countries – British tourists to the continent also benefit from this. However, the Arab Spring and recent visa-free travel for Balkans countries have brought increased pressure from migrants and asylum claimants. A few EU states closed their borders, and now some interior ministers want to re-introduce visas. How will these developments impact on the UK's borders? Could the UK government's plans to restrict free movement make any difference? Is Europe without borders likely to last?
Gerald Knaus, European Stability Initiative, Founder
Hugo Brady, Centre for European Reform, Research fellow