Com­mis­sioner re­jects re­view of Schen­gen

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Euro­pean Com­mis­sioner for Mi­gra­tion Dim­itris Avramopou­los yes­ter­day ruled out agree­ing to any ini­tia­tive clamp­ing down on visa-free travel in the 26-coun­try Schen­gen area. “Schen­gen is not the prob­lem but the so­lu­tion,” Avramopou­los told Kathimerini, re­spond­ing to calls for tighter bor­der con­trols to stem the surge of refugees reach­ing Europe from the Mid­dle East. Avramopou­los also played down crit­i­cism of Turkey, which has been ac­cused of not do­ing enough to stop mi­grants and refugees from cross­ing into Greece, say­ing that “we have to rec­og­nize the huge bur­den it has ac­cepted, with 2 mil­lion refugees at re­cep­tion cen­ters and an­other 2 mil­lion roam­ing around the coun­try with­out pa­pers.” Mean­while, the In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Mi­gra­tion yes­ter­day said that Greece ex­pe­ri­enced the largest sin­gle weekly in­flux of mi­grants this year over the last week, with an av­er­age of 9,600 ar­rivals a day. It said some 48,000 peo­ple crossed from Turkey to Greek is­lands “de­spite de­te­ri­o­rat­ing weather con­di­tions,” in the pe­riod from Oc­to­ber 17 to 21.

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