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The Implications of Schengen Visa Policy for the Visegrad States: The Case of Slovakia

  • Alexander Duleba
Part of the One Europe or Several? book series (OES)

Abstract

This chapter will examine the impact of implementing the Schengen visa policy on the eastern borders of the new European Union. As a case study, it looks at patterns of legal and illegal crossings at the Slovak-Ukrainian border, which was to become an external border of an enlarged EU after 1 May 2004. The Slovak-Ukrainian border has been chosen for this research because it is important in comparative terms. It has been subject to a visa regime since June 2000, at which point the borders between Hungary and Ukraine, and Poland and Ukraine, still enjoyed a visa-free regime. Assessing the data collected on the situation at the Slovak-Ukrainian border therefore offers an indication of how future Schengen arrangements will affect Slovakia’s Visegrad neighbours in the enlarged EU. It also suggests some ways of dealing with the potential consequences of such arrangements.

Keywords

Slovak Republic Illegal Migrant Visa Debate Visa Requirement Visa Regime 
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