Since 2010, Europe has seen the enactment of bans on face veils in the public space in several European jurisdictions. The French and Belgian face veil bans have been challenged and upheld in the European Court of Human Rights in three instances. These bans have caused a vast amount of scholarly literature; most of which criticizes the face veil bans for being unjustified restrictions on the freedom of religion. [---] Thus, the objective of this article is to illuminate the migratory dynamics that have led France, Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands, and Denmark to adopt the same legal strategy towards the perceived dangers of the Islamic face veil. By applying the metaphor of migration of constitutional ideas to the legislative histories of the five case studies as well as the links between them, this article demonstrates how the idea of banning face veils cannot be traced back to a single jurisdiction or legal tradition. [---]