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Esther Ortiz

Periodista digital especializada en Cultura y Relaciones Internacionales, entendiendo la primera como la variedad de expresiones políticas y sociales que se generan en un contexto concreto. Gestora cultural de proyectos locales de desarrollo comunitario. Activista por el derecho a un empleo y a una vivienda digna en varios colectivos ciudadanos.

At one time walls were built to protect the city from looters, invaders and others threats. Globalization has meant more barriers for people but less control on financial flows.


Historically the city was walled in to be protected (such as the Roman civité, the African fenced villages or the Latin American cities in post-Columbian era) The Berlin wall fall, the USSR disintegration and then globalization heralded a “total free world” without walls. However, they have been endlessly built especially after September 11th.


Currently walls stop migratory movements from South to North, split communities involved in deep-rooted conflicts and separate world areas in steady tension and weapons race. The wall divides “security” from “insecurity”, “salvation” from “chaos”, “we” from “the others”. On the other hand it may be a place for proposals and claims.


Claiming is the key step, especially in migratory field as well as its cause and the violation of migrant people rights. Other important point is bringing up those-legal and illegal- business around border controls or conflicts areas.

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At the present, walls are built to block South-North migratory movements; to split communities in constant tension and split areas of the world where the weapons race is taking place.

Recurso 5
For the first time the UN assesses how migration impacts on the migrant peoples´ wellbeing as well as other migratory flows apart from South to North.
Autor/a: IOM (International Migration Organization)
Fuente: IOM (International Migration Organization)
Tipo: Publicación 
Idioma: English, Spanish and French
Fecha: 2013
Recurso 6
The thousands of kilometers of walls built in the last three decades reinforce the idea of “fortress” areas where illegal businesses blossom including illegal arms trade.
Autor/a: Mark Rice-Oxley and a group of The Guardian’s correspondents
Fuente: The Guardian
Tipo: Publicación 
Idioma: English
Fecha: 19 November 2013