Employees on assignment in the European Schengen Area may need to get used to the reimposition of border controls, and the possibility of having to carry much more documentation, when traveling from one European country to another.
Considering Europe is rife with history and major travel destinations, companies are usually able to identify individuals open to relocating to the continent with relative ease. The Schengen Agreement, signed in the mid-1990s by 26 countries that comprise most of the European Union, makes it easy to travel from one country to another within what is now known as the Schengen Area. As a result, those who agree to relocate to one European nation generally gain convenient access to dozens of other countries without the need for a passport – this is a major perk for travel lovers who get a chance to work abroad.
The openness of the Schengen Area has become viewed as a vulnerability, however, in the wake of the 2015 European migrant crisis. Hundreds of thousands of refugees from across the Mediterranean Sea have made their way into the Schengen Area in search of safely and political asylum, and this international migration ramped up in 2015, prompting members of the EU to consider new border control options.