Berto Jongman: World of Walls — 65 Countries with Border Fences

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berto smallWorld of walls: How 65 countries have erected fences on their borders – four times as many as when the Berlin Wall was toppled – as governments try to hold back the tide of migrants

  • Security fears and a widespread refusal to help refugees have fuelled a new spate of wall-building around the world
  • A third of the world’s countries have completed or are building barriers – compared to 16 at the fall of the Berlin Wall
  • They include Israel’s ‘apartheid wall’, India’s 2,500-mile fence around Bangladesh and Morocco’s huge sand ‘berm’
  • Experts are dismissive, saying: ‘Their main function is theatre. They provide the sense of security, not real security’