The budget Brussels makes available for European border protection has increased by billions in the past few years. The reason: terrorism and the growing numbers of refugees. New surveillance technology is a growth market that is literally gaining ground because of all the deals Brussels is making with so-called third countries: After the Turkey Deal, agreements are now also being made with countries such as Niger, Ethiopia and Sudan. Money, knowledge and technology in exchange for shifting Europe’s borders.
Europe has an external border that is 50,000 kilometres long, if you include the sea. That is over 15 times as long as the border between the United States and Mexico, where the new American president Donald Trump wants to build a wall. In Europe too, fences and walls have been constructed at borders, both visible and invisible.