With the influx of refugees from war torn places, alarm bells are ringing across Europe. Dutch PM Mark Rutte has said that without cutting the flow of refugees, Schengen agreement is at much greater risk.
During the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, Rutte said that the agreement might be imperiled by the increasing number of refugees coming from war-torn zones of Middle East and elsewhere. In the first three weeks alone of this year, it has increased to 35,500. And, this influx is expected to continue in the coming days.
“We need to get a grip on this issue in the next six to eight weeks” Rutte said.
The bloc must agree to replace Dublin’s failed refugee system, which says that “refugees must seek asylum in every EU country they enter”. This could help save the Schengen’s border-free travel zone, Rutte said in a report filed by euronews.
Refugee crisis is the top agenda and challenge for Rutte. He had also urged other states to implement the plans under the agreement to get control over the crisis.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that the security issues have grown and the consequences have filled up to the brim. “The European project can die, not in decades or years but very fast, if we are unable to face up to the security challenge.”Manuel said.
Sweden’s Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven has expressed his concern about the risk looming in free area of Schengen. He said that if European Union fails to handle the crisis, the agreement would barely survive.
Rutte also warned, after Macedonian borders reopened for refugees heading to Germany and Austria. This week, Austria altered its immigration policies by setting the asylum limit to 37,500 from 90,000 for the next four years.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, during the summit in Davos on Thursday, said that it would take billions of euros to settle down the pressure in one of the biggest refugee influxes.