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More than 1,000 km of border barriers have been built in the EU since 1989


European Union states have built over 1,000km of border walls since 1989, a new study published by J.M. Delàs Centre of Studies for Peace, Transnational Institute, has found.

These physical walls are accompanied by even longer ‘maritime walls’, naval operations patrolling the Mediterranean, as well as ‘virtual walls’, border control systems that seek to stop people entering or even travelling within Europe, and control movement of population.

Migration researchers have quantified the continent’s anti-immigrant infrastructure and found that the EU has gone from just two walls in the 1990s to 15 by 2017.

Ten out of 28 member states stretching from Spain to Latvia have now built such border walls, with a sharp increase during the 2015 migration crisis, when seven new barriers were erected.

The report also looked at eight EU maritime rescue operations launched by the bloc, seven of which were carried out specifically by the EU’s border agency Frontex.

You may find the full report at the following link.

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