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This is the tenth explainer in the Ask the IIEA series. These explainers aim to answer common questions about European affairs and to provide an insight into what’s going on in the EU.

The Schengen Area and the free movement of people are considered to be key achievements of the European Union. This explainer examines how the Schengen Area helps to facilitate freedom of movement and how it has developed over time. It also explores Ireland’s relationship with Schengen.

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