Immigration Updates : Partial Integration of Bulgaria and Romania into the Schengen Area Commences on March 31st

Feb 22, 2024

EU Immigration Updates

We have an interesting immigration update!

Bulgaria and Romania will partially integrate into the EU’s Schengen area of free movement, starting from March 31st. The European Commission has welcomed this long-awaited decision, which comes after 12 years of negotiations.

According to a statement released by the European Council, controls at the air and sea borders of Bulgaria and Romania will be eliminated on this date, coinciding with the transition from winter to summer schedules as specified by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

However, a separate decision will be required to determine the date for the abolition of controls at the internal land borders of Romania and Bulgaria.

Last year, Austria had previously vetoed the accession of Bulgaria and Romania due to concerns over illegal immigration. However, after receiving assurances and guarantees, Austria agreed to lift the veto.

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