Schengen countries consider re-establishing internal borders

October 26, 2016 | Brainwave Science


Schengen countries consider re-establishing internal borders
October 26, 2016 | Brainwave Science


The Schengen agreement has recently come under stain due to the recent migrant crises putting immense socio-economic pressures on member countries. There have been consideration by some members 22 of the 26 member states directly hit to consider re-establishment of internal borders.

In the most figures, the International Organization for Migration estimated that more than 1,011,700 migrants arrived by sea in 2015, and almost 34,900 by land. In an attempt to bring some level of control of the influx several EU member states re-instated temporary internal border controls. This move led to a Eurocentric debate about the opportunity cost of the Schengen Agreement.

According to Rand Europe’s study it would cost the border controls of Schengen nations anywhere from €0.1 billion – €20 billion in fixed one off costs, depending on the scenario resulting from the end of the Schengen agreement. The first scenario – a two year border introduction in all Schengen States – estimates that the fixed cost will be in the range of €58.6 million – €108.6 million. The second scenario – the permanent suspension of the Schengen Agreement in all countries – estimates that fixed cost could be in the range of €7.41 billion – €19.76 billion.


Marco Hafner, a research leader at Rand Europe, continues to say: “Our recommendations to improve the Schengen Agreement focus on a reform of the EU asylum system, external border control and further cooperation across countries’ law enforcement agencies. This will help manage the high levels of migration to Europe, while ensuring that the positive benefits from the Schengen Area remain.”

While this may be perceived to be a great solution but there appears to be no reference immediate threats of terrorism that besieged Europe recently and cost of potential loss of lives. Also not to mention the fact that revisiting these agreements takes time and member nations are responsible for its citizens and not the EU.


Nations cannot have national security without border security. Secure borders play a key role in preventing of illicit drugs, terrorist or extremist group members, and weapons of mass destruction from entering targeted nations.

iCognative can be used at border control units to stop undesirable potential threats from entering Schengen nations and also used by intelligence agencies and law enforcement to prevent possible plots from suspects that are already within Schengen countries.

While biomarkers such as fingerprints and retina scan used in immigration and customer help identify the individual on paper, it does not confirm if the person or lead suspect is a threat to national security. The information of likely threat and plan to cause havoc is stored in the brain.

iCognative can help investigative and intelligence evidence by corroborate this security related information, thereby helping Schengen and EU countries secure their borders.