Thursday, April 28, 2016

More abandoned border crossings around Europe

It's been more than 20 years since the Schengen agreement took effect, liberating travel between European countries. Today, 26 countries, members of the Schengen Area, have abolished border controls and share a common visa policy. 

Although the agreement was seen as a major achievement of European integration that has facilitated travel, tourism and trade, fueling economic growth, it has also received criticism for enabling the uncontrolled movement of migrants fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. Temporary border closures by various governments have taken effect across Europe earlier in 2016 in an attempt to keep migrants out.

Still, hundreds of border checkpoints across Europe remain abandoned and in various states of repair.








Berg, Germany

Valenca, Portugal

Nickelsdorf, Austria

Leers-Nord, Belgium

Alveringem, Belgium



Vila Real de San Antonio, Portugal

Scheibenhard, France

Pamhagen, Austria

Olivetta, Italy

Rechnitz, Austria

Rechnitz, Austria

Breil Sur Roya, France

Breil Sur Roya, France

Breil Sur Roya, France

Rattersdorf, Austria

Deutschkreuz, Austria

Schweyen, France


Scheibenhard, France

Breil Sur Roya, France

Rattersdorf, Austria

Kittsee, Austria


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