Why has the EU Changed Macedonian Peoples' Travel Rights?
Citizens of Macedonia will lose the ability to enter the EU without any
visa-type documentation in 2023. The world is simply too dangerous to have
such a generous entrance policy, and new technology has allowed the EU to
screen much more incomers.
The use of
AI technology by border control agencies
means they can
cross-reference North Macedonians data with more databases and they can
easily define who might be too much of a threat to alow into the Schengen
area. The planned
regulations for the treatment of criminal convictions
recently changed to be slightly more forgiving. Flags for criminal convictions
will not show up if the conviction was more than 15 years ago. The changes are
also more forgiving to past terrorists, granting access if their conviction
was more than 25 years ago.
The ETIAS visa is set to have an acceptance rate of 95% so it is more likely
to be an annoyance to most North Macedonians rather than a serious barrier to
their entrance rights.