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The Estonian government has decided to build a wall on the border with Russia to fend off Russian “trespassers,” Estonian newspaper Postimees said.

L'Estonia sta progettando di erigere una barriera lungo tutto il suo confine con la Russia con l'intento di garantire "sicurezza estone e dell'intera area Schengen". 

Una decisione che appare collegata più alla crisi ucraina che all'immigrazione. Lo scrive il sito della Bbc. 

"Il fine dell'opera è di proteggere la frontiera con una sorveglianza al 100% 24 ore su 24", ha dichiarato il portavoce del ministero dell'interno di Tallinn, Toomas Viks.

Estonia, barriera a confine russo 29 agosto 2015

Estonia is neither the richest nor the biggest European country, but what it lacks in wealth and size, the little Baltic nation compensates with its strong anti-Russian rhetoric. In fact, most times when Estonia makes international headlines, it's always has something to do with Russia — be it "evil" Russian planes on a regular patrol or military drills that are interpreted as rehearsals to "invade Estonia."
It's not different this time around. Now Estonia is making headlines after it decided to build its own Great Wall to protect itself from… that's right Russian "invaders."
A 108-km long (67 miles) wall on the land section on the Russo-Estonian border will aim to prevent trespassing, according to the Estonian newspaper.
"The upper edge of the barrier will be reinforced with barbed wire. The total length of the fence will be around 108 kilometers," Postimees reported.

The construction of the Estonian wall will begin in 2018. The project will be an expensive one. The total cost of the work is estimated to be around €71 million ($81.6 million). In addition, the Estonian Border Guard Board plans to install video cameras across the entire perimeter of the wall and set out patrol drones to detect trespassing "Russian invaders."
Amusingly, the barrier will also have an extra fence to prevent the movement of wildlife. Estonian border guards may want to tell Russian moose and bears that they aren't welcome in Estonia. But why bears, what did they do? We don't know.

Due to increased emigration to Western Europe, the Baltic Nations are rapidly losing a lot of their young people who are choosing to try out their luck in more developed countries. The population of Estonia has decreased from over 1.5 million in 1990 to less than 1.3 million in 2011, according to the latest Population and Housing Census.
By the time the Estonian wall is finished there might be even less folks to protect the country from. Then what? Oh yes, they need to keep the Russian bears away.

Great Wall of Estonia: Tallinn to Fence Off Border With Russia 25.08.2015

Hungary is exacerbating the problem of people-smuggling with its plan to build a barrier to restrict the flow of migrants and refugees into the country, the International Organisation for Migration said on Friday.

Hungary, which is part of Europe’s passport-free Schengen travel zone, is building a 3.5-metre high fence along its 175-km (110-mile) border with Serbia, taking a hard line on what right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban says is a threat to European security, prosperity and identity.
The IOM says 1,500-2,000 are taking the route through Greece, Macedonia and Serbia to Hungary every day and that there is "a real possibility" the flow could rise to 3,000 daily.
"Our view on the wall building is that this is a roundabout subsidy to the smugglers. If you create a barrier, they will just charge the people they're transporting more money to get around that barrier," IOM spokesman Joel Millman told a U.N. briefing in Geneva.
"Countries do this all the time to please a domestic constituency - it looks tough, it looks proactive, it looks like you're taking seriously people's concerns that there are too many migrants. So they build a wall. We have decades of experience to show that has not stopped the problem as they perceive it."
Highlighting the tragic human costs of the large-scale smuggling of migrants and refugees into Europe, Austrian police found 71 dead migrants, including four children, in a parked truck on Thursday. Hungarian police arrested four people over the case on Friday.
Magdelena Majkowska-Tomkin, an official at the IOM office in Hungary, said the people in the truck had come via the Western Balkan route and had reached the supposed ‘safety’ of the Schengen zone.
"They have resorted to smugglers as no other means of transport – such as train or bus – is available to them, as they routinely are taken off the trains and buses bound for Austria and Germany from Hungary."
(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Gareth Jones)

Hungary's barrier plan worsens plight of migrants, helps smugglers - IOM 28 Aug 2015

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