Many Turks miss job and education opportunities, are unable to visit friends and family abroad or jet off on vacation in Europe recently, as refusal rates for Schengen visas have increased almost fivefold since 2014.
The bloc has recommended that member states fully reopen their frontiers with each other on June 15, and many countries are planning to relax controls on that date.
Panicked by Italy’s coronavirus outbreak in February, countries in the 26-nation Schengen travel zone – where people and goods move freely – imposed border restrictions without consulting their neighbours to try to keep the disease out.
Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says Berlin issued ban on Saudi nationals for Europe's border-free Schengen zone in close coordination with France, part of Schengen area, and Britain, which is not.
Possibility of giving the increasing number of refugees crossing Mediterranean access to the Schengen region is turning the pressure on Italy's neighbours, who have avoided a similar influx of people seeking safe shores.
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