Don’t think, it´s easy to travel in Europe!
The European Union was a great idea to have states working together to achieve certain common goals. One of it’s admirable features is freedom of movement for its citizens. In all it’s provision, however, it all seems highly political, states fighting to have the biggest stake, some opting out on certain issues that they are not happy with, especially the United Kingdom opting out one the shengen agreement. For most freedom of movement is working but for others especially young people, its hardly working.

You actually see that young people are hardly thought of when laws are legislated. The elderly politicians see things their own way and legislate in that regard, disregarding the youthfulness of the rules and regulations.

The young people would decide today to travel tomorrow, which I count as youthfulness, being spontaneous and lively. However, the provision to do that is only open to citizens of the European Union and those who are already within the shengen.

How about those who are habitually resident in the European Union, those who are actively involved in the political and social issues and those who want to make a difference in the youth scene but are not citizens of the European Union? Is this not excluding them from free movement?

Is this not a way to say that they are different? Of course, yes, it is a big dividing wall between the young people. The law seems to strengthen this divide between those who are citizens and those who are habitually resident in the European Union. This issue becomes more serious when young people attempt to acquire visas to travel. They go through terrible horrors and most are left disorientated, loosing their youthfulness and feeling already as adults before becoming one. For example in London, for one to acquire a visa, one needs to call a special number to the embassy of the European Union States to have an ap­pointment. That special number costs £1-£1.50 per minute and you need at least five minutes on the phone making the ap­pointment. Meaning five pounds from the migre pocket money of the youth, and you will be given at least 10 days for the interview. This does not however guarantee the issue of visa, which most times leaves the young people disillusioned about travelling.

Sometime last year we were to travel to Finland for a seminar. We travelled from London to transit in Germany for Finland. My colleague was stopped at the Berlin Shonefeld airport, although she possessed a British passport, the authorities insisted she was from one of the protected islands in the West Indies, so she needed a visa to transit.

How could she have known this when she possessed a British passport, besides, all documents proved we were going to this seminar for young people, but no one heard or listened to us and she was returned to London. Thus I urge the law makers to take into consideration young people in their legislation and allow young people to live their youthfulness and not living their adult­hood in their youthful age.

Debbie