28 March 2012
to join Schengen agreement
A pre-condition that Switzerland also signs up to one of the main EU asylum measures the Dublin agreement, which establishes criteria and mechanisms for determining which State is responsible for considering an application for asylum submitted in one of its member states.
Thirteen of the 15 EU states (excluding the UK and Ireland)
are full "Schengen" members (signed up the the full
Schengen agreement/acquis). The UK and Ireland (who share
a "common travel area") are about to participate in
the SIS only on police, but not immigration, aspects. Two non-EU
states - Norway and Iceland - are sign-up too, making a total
of 15 states fully in Schengen. Switzerland would also get acess
to and be able to place requests and "alerts" on the
Schengen Information System (SIS) based in Strasbourg.
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