The European Union celebrated the Schengen Agreement´s 30th anniversary this past june. By signing this agreement we achieved the abolition of border control between Member States and the free movement of European citizens within the European area.
Today this situation seems normal to us all but not to those who lived in Europe prior to the signing of the Schengen Agreement who understand the importance of cautioning others about those who seek to create new borders and endanger solidarity. The Union is stronger thanks to the Schengen Area where the exchange of information amongst national police officers and the ability to defend ourselves is possible. This is something that is not necessarily common in other countries.
It should be clear that immigration in this day and age is much safer due to this agreement since we have police cooperation that was not there before. The Schengen Agreement established the abolition of internal physical border controls through the abolition of policies. It would not be in our best interest to support those who are fighting against EU integration, as they are disregarding minorities by repressing their human rights when they have no choice but to leave their home country in search of a better life. The European Union should celebrate this breakthrough in immigration that was achieved thirty years ago and never stop fighting to support other countries in need.
Translated by: Katherine Pascal