This photo taken on February 17, 2017 shows border guards patrolling along Macedonia's southern border with Greece near Gevgelija. AFP / Robert ATANASOVSKI
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Built to keep out migrants, traffickers or an enemy group, border walls have emerged as a one-size-fits-all response to the vulnerability felt by many societies in today's globalized world, says an expert on the phenomenon. Practically nonexistent at the end of World War II, by the time the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 the number of border walls across the globe had risen to 11 .For Vallet, walls or fences are often used as a "turnkey response" to a sense of vulnerability felt when "migratory pressures are changing the nature of a society's identity, or exerting economic pressure".That is the case, she says, in Bulgaria, Greece or Hungary – and most prominently in the United States, where President Donald Trump's flagship campaign promise was to build a wall on the border with Mexico.
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