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The Historical Legacies of the EU’s Free Movement of Persons: Our Human Mobility Rights in a Post(?) COVID-19 Context
October 20 at 12:00 pm
Cristina Blanco Sio-Lopez, University of Pittsburgh
Tuesday, October 20, 12:00 pm EDT
On June 15, 2020, the European Union officially reopened its inner borders, effectively lifting the travel restrictions put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19. The Schengen Agreement’s “Free Movement of Persons” — considered one of the most meaningful and most popular accomplishments of European integration — was then back in force.
This lecture invites participants to look back into history to see beyond in terms of building a commonly inclusive and sustainable future by highlighting Human Mobility Rights as fundamental human rights. The empowering historical legacies of the EU’s Free Movement of Persons can help us shed light on our current belonging and displacement challenges. In the end, it has been transnational mobile populations whose migration patterns built up principles, norms, political cultures and entire civilizations in their wake.
Sponsored by the Center for European Studies at the University of Florida and the European Commission Erasmus+ Programme