Will a Border Wall Work? Look to Europe.
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European Union states have built over 1,km of border walls since the fall of the Berlin Wall in , a new study into Fortress Europe has found. Ten out of 28 member states stretching from Spain to Latvia have now built such border walls, with a sharp increase during the migration panic, when seven new barriers were erected. The barriers are mostly focused on keeping out undocumented migrants and would-be refugees. The erection of the barriers has also coincided with the rise of xenophobic parties across the continent, with 10 out of 28 seeing such parties win more than half a million votes in elections since Rather than building walls, Europe should be investing in stopping the wars and poverty that fuels migration. A total of 3, fatalities were recorded in Just one, Operation Mare Nostrum, which was carried out by the Italian government, included humanitarian organisations in its fleets.
LONDON — In an apparent effort to bolster his case for a wall along the Mexican border, President Trump pointed on Wednesday to examples of walls going up around the world, especially barriers built in Europe, as proof that they work. Over miles of Walls have been built in Europe since only There are now 77 major or significant Walls built around the world, with 45 countries planning or building Walls. Stop the crime at our Southern Border! While governments around the world have built or planned to build 77 walls, about seven such barriers are not expected to materialize anytime soon, said Elisabeth Vallet, a researcher at the University of Quebec in Montreal who keeps a tally of such construction. Europe has built about 1, kilometers, or just over miles, of walls since , Ms. Vallet said.
A border barrier separating territories is not new to the world. In fact, before the geographical positioning technology, physical features or humanmade walls were used to separate different territories for protection and other reasons. The Great Wall of China was built many years ago to separate the country from empires of the north, and the Berlin Wall was erected to separate the ideologically different West and East Berlin. Today, there are several border barriers between different countries. There are many reasons as to why these boundaries exist with the most common being the need to control who goes in or out of the country. The longest border wall in the world is currently under construction between India and Bangladesh.
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More: Trump isn't the only one who wants to build a wall. These European nations already did., Migrants are escorted through fields by police and the army as they are walked from the village of Rigonce to Brezice refugee camp on October 24th, , in Rigonce, Slovenia.
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The current debate in the United States about building up and reinforcing the border wall with Mexico may have distinctly American roots, but the problems, and the controversial solutions, are global. Growing numbers of immigrants, terrorist activity, continued drug trafficking, and protracted wars have sparked the construction of temporary and permanent border barriers in many regions worldwide. Jiankou, an unrestored section of the Great Wall of China, photographed near Beijing. The Great Wall is a collection of fortified barriers built over hundreds of years to protect various Chinese empires from nomadic tribes to the north. A girl wearing a traditional hanbok dress looks through a military fence facing toward North Korea at the Imjingak park, south of the military demarcation line and the demilitarized zone DMZ separating North and South Korea, on February 19,
In the United States , President Donald Trump has made worldwide headlines with his push to build a wall along the United States- Mexico border in order to keep out illegal immigrants. While many people have vocalized their opposition to the plan, the United States would not be the first nation to construct a wall along its border. Around the world, there are several nations that have border walls, fences, or barriers. These usually serve the purpose of controlling the border, keeping out illegal immigrants and preventing smuggling. Other nations use barriers when there are disputed or unclear borders.