NO MORE RELIGION OF PEACE: West Europeans want end to open borders
French and other Europeans want to ditch Schengen Agreement, ending free movement of people across borders as the migrant crisis grows, a new poll shows
Italian police block the road to France after dispersing up migrants at the Italy-France border in June. The G7 suspension of Schengen prevented migrants travelling from Italy through open borders to neighbouring France, Austria, Switzerland and Slovenia.
By David Chazan, Paris
A majority of western Europeans are in favour of ending the free movement of people across borders as the migration crisis escalates, according to a new poll.
The IFOP poll, conducted in several European countries and published in the newspaper Le Figaro, shows 67 per cent of the French would like to reinstate border controls.
Britain has opted out of the agreement and still controls its borders, but 63 per cent of Britons would like to see border checks reinstated in Europe.
The Schengen Agreement allows people to travel without passports in 26 European countries (Alamy)
A majority of Italians and Germans would also favour such a move, with 56 per cent of Italians and 53 per cent of Germans wanting to scrap the Schengen treaties.
In France, the former centre-Right president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has called for the accords to be revised as migrants fleeing war and political repression in the Middle East and Africa continue to stream into Europe.
“Schengen must be suspended immediately and replaced by a Schengen II which member-countries could only join if they first agree to the same immigration policy,” Mr Sarkozy said recently. “Europe is not meant to organise social and migratory dumping.”
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