Alexandra Stiglmayer : Saving visa free travel (1 videos)

2012 has been the year with the highest number of asylum applications by Western Balkan citizens in the EU since the Schengen visa requirement was lifted for their countries.
Calls to re-impose the visa requirement in some EU member states have become louder and more frequent.

In its new report "Saving visa-free travelI" European Stability initiative (ESI) proposes that instead of going back on visa liberalization, that all EU members have short procedures for dealing with applicants from European countries that meet a series of human rights conditions and are therefore "safe countries of origin". At the same time, the EU should also officially declare them safe countries.

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2012 has been the year with the highest number of asylum applications by Western Balkan citizens in the EU since the Schengen visa requirement was lifted for their countries. Calls to re-impose the visa requirement in some EU member states have become louder and more frequent.

In its new report "Saving visa-free travelI" European Stability initiative (ESI) proposes that instead of going back on visa liberalization for Balkan countries, all EU members have short procedures for dealing with applicants from European countries that meet human rights conditions and are therefore "safe countries of origin". At the same time, the EU should also officially declare them safe countries.

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