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Date: 19/12/2016
Cape Verde wants to join the Schengen area.

The Cape Verde Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luís Filipe Tavares said that the possibility of Cape Verde being an extension of the free movement Schengen area in European countries that signed the agreement is under consideration.

The Schengen area is the result of an agreement signed by 30 European countries, including all members of the European Union (EU) – except Ireland and the United Kingdom – and three non-EU countries, namely Iceland, Norway and Switzerland with a view to opening up borders and allowing the free movement of people between signatory countries.

The head of Cape Verde’s diplomacy speaking in Praia said the government was conducting the study and that it has an understanding from the European Union countries.

This possibility has arisen at a time when Cape Verde is experiencing strong growth in tourism, and the government intends to create conditions for tourism to improve in quality.

The aim is to increase the flow of tourists, reducing barriers through use of the framework partnership for mobility with the European Union and in the future, consider the possibility of Cape Verdeans also moving freely in the Schengen area.