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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 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
UF Jean Monnet Chair Series – Pandemics in Europe: Political and Social Responses
Dr. Cristina Blanco Sío-López
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Senior Global Fellow and Principal Investigator (PI)
European Studies Center (ESC)
EU Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence (JMEUCE)
University of Pittsburgh
On June 15th 2020, the EU 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 as one of the most meaningful, and also the most popular accomplishments ever 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. Indeed, in our post(?) COVID-19 world, 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 on their wake.
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