29 years after fall of Berlin Wall, Europe has 1,000 km of walls to stop refugees

Pavan Kulkarni, Peoples Dispatch, 13 November 2018 - A report released on the 29th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall documents how rising xenophobia has created a ‘Fortress Europe’ amid physical walls, surveillance-based ‘virtual’ walls and maritime walls generated by naval patrols. 
 
On November 3, 1989, the Berlin Wall was torn down to jubilation across the world in what was billed as the beginning of a ‘new era’, free from walls and restrictions on human movement. However, today, reality is much different. As of June, 29 years since the 155-kilometer long wall was brought down in Berlin, close to 1,000 kilometers of walls stand tall around and inside Europe, according to ‘Building Walls: Fear and securitisation in European Union‘ a report co-published by Delas Centre of studies for Peace, Transnational Institute (TNI) and the Dutch campaign against arms trade (Stop Wapenhandel). [...]