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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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Most the efforts of those people and organizations working in walls field is concentrated on reporting why building them is a systematic violation of Human Rights: because of the impact in people`s lives –no matter if they are migrant or not- , the generation of violence and illegal business (bribery, tax havens…)

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In the case of migrants, overcoming the wall implies a second obstacle: to be confined in one of the Detention Camp for Foreigners -CIE in Spanish- that have mushroomed across the EU.
Autor/a: Migreurop
Fuente: Migreurop’s Close the Camps project
Tipo: Web 
Idioma: French mainly although some texts are translated into English
Fecha: Launched in 2002
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Like if it was a wicked game, migrant people have to cross several small walls before facing the big one.
Autor/a: Fronteras Invisibles
Fuente: Fronteras Invisibles
Tipo: Web 
Idioma: Spanish
Fecha: 2014