Knocking the West Door -February 2009-

L’viv was established in the early 1200s and for many centuries it was fought over and incorporated into many different Countries and Empires. The Polish in the XIV Century, capital of the Austrian Kingdom of Galicia et Lodomeria at the end of XVIII Century, capital of the Western Ukrainian Republic following the downfall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire after World War I and incorporated into the newly re-established Poland after the First World War. In 1939 during the Second World War, L’viv was annexed by the USSR and became part of the Ukrainian SSR for two years. After World War II Poland’s borders were relocated west of the area and L’viv was again part of Ukraine under the rule of the Soviet Union. After the collapse of the U.S.S.R. it became part of the independent Ukraine. Now L’viv is regarded as one of the main cultural centers of Ukraine. The historic city centre is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. On December 2007 Poland became part of Schengen Countries, opening itself to the rest of Europe. If we stop the history before the Second World War, now L’viv and the Region that is the Capital would have been consequentially included in the Schengen group.  Especially for the new generation it might have been a good opportunity to have different experiences during the process of their formation. Several people don’t think that EU is the solution for their life, but for sure it could be an opportunity that they rarely have. All the people I met strongly feel Ukrainian and they don’t want to abandon the beautiful place where they live. They just would like to have some more chances during the process of their growing up. They would like to have chances to study or to make different experiences somewhere else abroad, with the aim to come back to their Country and reconstitute all that culture that have been destroyed during the Soviet Empire.  Professional musicians, students, artists, youth involved in social project as well as ordinary people with degrees on their background, are the ones touched personally by the problem related to the visa. At the moment, the possibility to move easily around Europe it remains for them just a dream.