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The crafting of a Paradox: Schengen inside and out

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posted on 08.10.2019, 12:39 by Christina OelgemöllerChristina Oelgemöller, Leonie Ansems de Vries, Kees Groenendijk
There is now a large literature discussing ‘Fortress Europe’ and the character of the Schengen area, especially how it has established freedom of movement inside at the expense of easy access from the outside. This article challenges this metaphor by going back to the early negotiations around Schengen and shedding light on some of the concerns raised at the time regarding ‘compensatory measures’, the un/desirable and technological solutions. We do so through a genealogical reading of documents from two different but related archival sources that allow insight into the perceptions of policy-makers at the time when Schengen was negotiated, now that these documents have become partially accessible. We show that consensus around the freedom and regulation of movement internally and control of access at the boundaries was crafted simultaneously – rather than as a ‘compensatory measure’ – and in the context of efforts to identify the un/desirable and find technological solutions to the ‘problem’ of free movement. We also discuss how this has transformed our understanding of the place and meaning of freedom of movement such that today it is both taken for granted and under attack.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Politics and International Studies

Published in

International Journal of Migration and Border Studies

Volume

6

Issue

1-2

Pages

7-25

Publisher

Inderscience

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal International Journal of Migration and Border Studies and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1504/IJMBS.2020.108684

Acceptance date

02/10/2019

Publication date

2020-07-13

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

1755-2419

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Christina Oelgemoller