Schengen Area, Europe: Freedom is an Open Road

Image: Blu, Rebel News; Mstyslav Chernov, Wikimedia Commons; Bobby Hidy, flickr.
Image: Blu, Rebel News; Mstyslav Chernov, Wikimedia Commons; Bobby Hidy, flickr.

One of Jean’s first memories is of her parents’ daily border crossings between France, where their family lived, and Switzerland, where they worked. As small children often do, she worried her parents might disappear forever in that foreign country that is “out of sight, out of mind.” So as European norms about freedom of movement in the Schengen Area strengthened — with over two dozen European countries abolishing border controls, enabling passport-free movement within large parts of Europe — Jean [a pseudonym] felt safer. 

[Read more from the latest in my gratitude essay series at Rebel News.] 

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