The European Union (EU) has decided to stop its free travel policy across the continent in the midst of fears of migrants fleeing Africa due to the unrest.

At a special meeting conducted by the EU interior ministers in Brussels, a greater part of associate states defended changes that would allow nations to reinstate controls at their borders.

The Schengen agreement, which came to power in June 14, 1985, ascertained unregulated travel across Europe.

On Thursday, however, 15 countries voted against the policy to curb the sudden migration problem as a last ditch attempt, a report by the diplomats said.

The leaders also discussed about deploying forces if an EU member country is unsuccessful in controlling its borders with other non-EU countries.

France and Italy, who have faced the major part of the problem, defended the shift in the policy. Greece has also found it hard to deal with the issue where immigrants are slipping in from neighboring Turkey.

But Germany has opposed the procedure and said free travel should not be sacrificed for political reasons