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Hungary’s wall to stop migrants is the latest in a long series

Hungary wants to build a border fence to stop the flow of illegal migrants. Unfortunately, it is not the first country that tries to solve the problem this way.

The Hungarian government decided to build a 4-metre-high fence along its border with Serbia, in order to stop the unauthorised entry of migrants coming from the Balkans. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Peter Szijjarto announced the plan to the international community, talking about a possible border fence up to 175 km long.

 

The measure resulted necessary, according to the Hungarian government, due to the escalation of the number of people who crossed the Hungarian border illegally: from 43,000 people in 2014 to 57,000 in the first months of 2015.

 

In this occasion, the Italian magazine Internazionale realised an interactive map that shows all the existing barriers that have been built all over the world throughout history. These walls divide people and they have never solved problems or led conflicts to an end.

 

 

Saudi Arabia–Yemen, 2013

1,800 km to impede alleged terroristic infiltrations

 

Ceuta and Melilla–Morocco, 1990

8.2 km and 12 km to stop illegal immigration from Morocco to the Spanish enclaves Ceuta and Melilla

 

Cyprus, Greek area–Turkish area, green line, 1974

300 km. The wall represents the United Nations’ cease-fire after the conflict that divided the island

 

Iran–Pakistan, 2007

700 km to protect the border from drug traffickers and Sunni armed groups’ infiltrations

 

Israel–Egypt, 2010

230 km to fight terrorism and illegal immigration

 

Zimbabwe–Botswana, 2003

482 km. Officially, to contain infections among livestock and avoid herds’ trespassing, but the real explanation seems to be impeding the arrival of illegal migrants

 

North Korea–South Korea, 1953

4 km, it is the separation of Korea after the war in 1953

 

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Morocco–western Sahara, Berm, 1989

2,720 km to protect Moroccan territories from the nationalist movement Polisario Front

 

Ireland, Catholic Belfast–Protestant Belfast, peace lines, 1969

13 km to separate North Ireland’s Catholics and Protestants

 

United States–Mexico, Tijuana border wall, 1994

1,000 km to stop the flow of illegal Mexican migrants into the United States and to stop drug trafficking

 

Israel–Palestine, 2002

730 km to stop the entry of Palestinians into Israel, and to prevent terroristic attacks

 

India–Pakistan, line of control

550 km to divide Kashmir into 2 areas, the first under Indian control and the second under Pakistani control

 

India–Bangladesh, 1989

4,053 km to block migrants coming from Bangladesh, to stop illegal trafficking and terroristic infiltrations

 

Pakistan–Afghanistan, Durand Line

2,460 km to end the territorial controversies started during the colonial era between the 2 countries

 

Kuwait–Iraq, 1991

190 km to control a possible new invasion of Kuwait by Iraq, after the Gulf War

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