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    Belgium Restores Border Control to Avoid Calais Refugees

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    The Schengen Agreement is continuing to fall apart at the seams – this time it’s Belgium that has decided to restore checkpoints at the border with France fearing the spill of refugees from the infamous “Jungle” camp in Northern France, Le Monde reported.

    The government in Brussels announced the temporary restoration of border control with France to effectively deal with a possible influx of refugees trying to leave the "Jungle" camp near Calais.

    "When [refugee] camps in France will be evacuated, we could cope with the influx of thousands of people. We'll control the border at strategic places," Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon said, as cited by Le Monde.

    Furthermore, Jambon announced that between 250 and 290 extra police officers will be deployed on the French-Belgian border.

    The Belgian police already need to work on catching refugees. On Monday night, the police arrested 32 refugees near Adinkerke, a small village close to the French border, Jambon said, according to the newspaper.

    The Belgian government wants to avoid the settlement of refugee camps, like the "Jungle," on its territory.

    "We want to avoid at all costs tented camps in the Calais-style in Belgium. It's a matter of law enforcement," the Interior Minister said, as quoted by Le Monde.

    Belgium became the seventh country to throw out of the window one of the key EU principles — free movement of people across the continent — fearing an influx of refugees. Prior to Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Norway and Sweden began checking documents at border control areas.

    Earlier this week French authorities said they would close down the refugee camp in Calais and ordered all migrants to leave the area. However, a court in the city of Lille said it would delay the ruling on closing down the refugee camp after eight NGOs filed legal proceedings to stop the evacuation. Currently the situation is in limbo — a decision is expected to come either on Wednesday or Thursday, AFP said.

    The European Union is currently struggling to manage a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of people fleeing conflict-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The EU border agency Frontex recorded more than 1.8 million illegal border crossings in the EU in 2015.

    As time passes and with no political solutions found, the situation on the continent is getting worse. As a result of the refugee crisis, right-wing extremism is on the rise in Europe, Britain might exit the EU, while Greece has been made a scapegoat for all the problems, being accused of not being able to control its border.    

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