Walled world: A look at 15 international borders around the globe

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Ageneral view of Macedonia's southern border with Greece. 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 non-existent 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. That number has since jumped to 70, prompted by an increased sense of insecurity following the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States and the 2011 Arab Spring, according to Elisabeth Vallet, director of the Observatory of Geopolitics at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM). (Robert ATANASOVSKI / AFP)

Ageneral view of Macedonia's southern border with Greece. 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 non-existent 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. That number has since jumped to 70, prompted by an increased sense of insecurity following the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States and the 2011 Arab Spring, according to Elisabeth Vallet, director of the Observatory of Geopolitics at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM). (Robert ATANASOVSKI / AFP)

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Black kites flying on the Israeli-Jordan border fence in the Jordan Valley in the West Bank. (MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP)

Black kites flying on the Israeli-Jordan border fence in the Jordan Valley in the West Bank. (MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP)

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An aerial view of the border fence between Mexico and the US in Tijuana, Mexico. (MARIO VAZQUEZ / AFP)

An aerial view of the border fence between Mexico and the US in Tijuana, Mexico. (MARIO VAZQUEZ / AFP)

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A section of the Mexico-US border fence at San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora state, northwestern Mexico. (AFP)

A section of the Mexico-US border fence at San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora state, northwestern Mexico. (AFP)

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An aerial view of the metal fence between Mexico (L) and the United States in Puerto Anapra, Chihuahua state. (YURI CORTEZ / AFP)

An aerial view of the metal fence between Mexico (L) and the United States in Puerto Anapra, Chihuahua state. (YURI CORTEZ / AFP)

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A man working out on the beach next to the Mexico-US border at Playas de Tijuana, northwestern Mexico. (GUILLERMO ARIAS / AFP)

A man working out on the beach next to the Mexico-US border at Playas de Tijuana, northwestern Mexico. (GUILLERMO ARIAS / AFP)

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Iraqis walking next to the Iraq-Kuwait border barrier near the town of Umm Qasr. (HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI / AFP)

Iraqis walking next to the Iraq-Kuwait border barrier near the town of Umm Qasr. (HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI / AFP)

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Onesimo Paez walking on the beach and selling balls near the Mexico-US border at Playas de Tijuana, northwestern Mexico. (GUILLERMO ARIAS / AFP)

Onesimo Paez walking on the beach and selling balls near the Mexico-US border at Playas de Tijuana, northwestern Mexico. (GUILLERMO ARIAS / AFP)

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An aerial view showing the border fence near the Hungarian-Serbian border at Kelebia village. (ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP)

An aerial view showing the border fence near the Hungarian-Serbian border at Kelebia village. (ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP)

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This photo taken on February 6, 2017 shows Israel's separation barrier dividing east Jerusalem (L) from the West Bank village of Anata (R). (THOMAS COEX / AFP)

This photo taken on February 6, 2017 shows Israel's separation barrier dividing east Jerusalem (L) from the West Bank village of Anata (R). (THOMAS COEX / AFP)

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A peace wall separating the Catholic and Protestant communities of Belfast. (Paul FAITH / AFP)

A peace wall separating the Catholic and Protestant communities of Belfast. (Paul FAITH / AFP)

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Sunland Park, New Mexico, is seen over the U.S. border fence as a protestor finishes painting the Spanish slogan "Neither delinquents nor illegals, we are international workers" on the Anapra, Mexico side of the fence, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. A group of around 30 protestors gathered to paint messages on the border wall on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez and stage a performance mocking the relationship between Presidents Donald Trump and Enrique Pena Nieto. (Christian Torres/ AP)

Sunland Park, New Mexico, is seen over the U.S. border fence as a protestor finishes painting the Spanish slogan "Neither delinquents nor illegals, we are international workers" on the Anapra, Mexico side of the fence, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. A group of around 30 protestors gathered to paint messages on the border wall on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez and stage a performance mocking the relationship between Presidents Donald Trump and Enrique Pena Nieto. (Christian Torres/ AP)

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A man walking beside a peace wall in northern Belfast. (Paul FAITH / AFP)

A man walking beside a peace wall in northern Belfast. (Paul FAITH / AFP)

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Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel symbolically slamming gates shut as they perform during the daily beating of the retreat ceremony on the India-Pakistan Border at Wagah. (NARINDER NANU / AFP)

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel symbolically slamming gates shut as they perform during the daily beating of the retreat ceremony on the India-Pakistan Border at Wagah. (NARINDER NANU / AFP)

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An aerial view of the border fence near the Hungarian-Serbian border at Kelebia village. (ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP)

An aerial view of the border fence near the Hungarian-Serbian border at Kelebia village. (ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP)

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