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Questions tagged [borders]

The lines separating countries, administrative divisions, or other areas.

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What is the evidence that custom checks in Northern Ireland are going to result in violence?

UPDATE: I reformulated my question to stress that my focus is on the influence of customs checks, not on the violence in Northern Ireland in general. My impression is that the EU and most British ...
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Does the international community accept either nation’s claim in the US–Haitian Navassa Island dispute?

Navassa Island lies between Jamaica, Cuba, and Haiti, and is claimed by both the United States and Haiti. Have any other countries recognised either claim, or is the status of the international ...
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Is French Guiana a (hard) EU border?

In the context of Brexit, there has been much discussion that the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland would mark the boundary of the EU. This has had large ramifications due to the length and ...
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Are Americans allowed to use deadly force against illegal immigrants? [closed]

If Trump officially declares a national state of emergency, stating that people coming across the border illegally is a threat to our national security, are Americans allowed to use deadly force ...
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EU plans for UK-Ireland border in case of no-deal brexit

Seeing how a no-deal brexit seems more likely than ever before, has the EU presented any plans for the UK-Ireland border in case of a no-deal brexit? I am particularly interested in plans by the EU ...
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Why does there not seem to be more support for state-specific border walls in the US?

While there seems to be a good amount of discussion about the border wall desired by President Trump, I have not seen much in the way of discussion regarding state-based approaches; that is, given the ...
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Mexico indirectly paying for the wall

Donald Trump has indicated that the proposed USMCA means that Mexico would indirectly be paying for the wall many times over. What I don't understand is how, even if the trade is more beneficial to ...
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Why did Trump willingly take blame for shutdown? [closed]

It is hard to say that the shutdown is due to one particular party only, despite the claims made by Democrats and Republicans alike. The truth is that either party has the choice to concede and end ...
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Why are Republicans (Trump, Graham) going all-in on border security funding when they most likely won't get it? [closed]

Trump was not able to get (enough) border security funding, and so due to that disagreement, the government shut down. In particular, the Senate approved a bill without that border-funding, but the ...
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Does the US President have the legal authority to unilaterally close the country’s borders?

President Trump recently tweeted that he may close the country’s southern border if Congress does not appropriate the funds to build a border wall. ... We build a Wall or close the Southern Border ....
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Will there be a border between Ireland and the UK if they can't agree on a deal?

Please help me understand this. Some brexiteer colleagues say it won't be a border, because of the Good Friday Agreement but WTO rules mean there must be a border. Will the UK then decide to break WTO ...
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Why can't we just turn back migrants at the US border? [closed]

Asking specifically about migrants that are picked up at the Mexican border. They should be turned back unless we have probable cause to believe they are political asylum seekers. Border patrol ...
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On average, how many attempts of illegal border crossing, do illegals that are caught do? (US-Mexico border)

I suppose a good number of illegal border crossers (illegal immigrants, criminals, asylum rejects, etc) would have to attempt to cross the border several times before either giving up or making it to ...
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How do Obama and Trump era uses of pepper spray and tear gas against migrants on the Mexico-US border differ?

A caravan the Trump administration discussed at length before the US midterms recently reached a port of entry, and was attacked with tear gas. After this proved controversial, there was much ...
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What do the Rohingya call Rakhine State

Minorities often have place-names for their ancestral/home lands that may differ from that provided by the language of the majority population. For instance, Scottish Gaelic would refer to Scotland as ...
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How much of Trump's border wall has been completed so far?

Has anyone got any figures for how much of the Great Wall of Trump has actually been constructed at this point, 3rd November 2018, a few days before the mid-term elections? I'm not interested in ...
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Does Azerbaijan have overland access to Nakhichevan?

Nakhichevan is a part of Azerbaijan physically separated from it, but occupied by the same ethnic group, Turks. However, it is surrounded by countries hostile to Turkey. Does Azerbaijan have any ...
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Are there precedents for the EU fining the UK for undervalued Chinese imports?

With all the Brexit talks, this has become a barely noticed case, but it might be relevant for future border relations between UK and EU: Britain faces a potential €2 billion bill from Brussels ...
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EU/ECJ precedents for failing to enforce border?

I read in a FT article that, in the case of a no-deal Brexit: If Ireland breaches the integrity of the single market by failing to control its border, it will be liable at the European Court of ...
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What treaties or (written) agreements would a hard border in Ireland breach, post-Brexit?

Would the hard border that would come up in a "no deal" Brexit (between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland) be violating any binding agreements that the UK has signed? (And the same goes for ...
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Why are US passport cards not valid for international flights?

With the advent of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, the US introduced passport cards to reduce the burden on US citizens who travel by land or sea to neighboring countries. The card has a ...
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To what degree were families separated in the US - Mexico border before Trump?

With the high visibility of the US's current policy of separating families at the Southern border, I am wondering what the policy for incoming migrants was in previous administrations (Obama and Bush, ...
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Unclaimed pieces of land

Which parts of the world are not claimed/part of any country (not Antarctica). Do they have inhabitants? If they are inhabited, what citizenship do the inhabitants hold?
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How many troops would it take to guard the US/Mexico border? [closed]

CNN reports here, that Donald Trump said Until we can have a wall and proper security, we're going to be guarding our border with the military Wikipedia, which ought to be as good a source as ...
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Why don't the US and Mexico build an economic free trade zone on both sides of the border?

I love traveling and when I went to Malaysia I read about the Bayan Lepas area which was next to Penang. Instead of looking at the US/Mexico border as a problem. Why don't we look at it as an ...
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By what mechanisms can International border disputes be resolved?

For example China claims a large chunk of Indian Himalayan state as part of "southern Tibet," which is known as Arunachal Pradesh in India, which administers it, but China claims to not recognize ...
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Has Trump or his administration published an analysis of a border wall vs. other methods of policing?

The eastern EU border is 6000 km long and partially patrolled with drones (I'm not sure to what extent). The southern US border is around 3500 km long, and Mr. Trump has proposed to build a wall to ...
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What are the primary objections Democrats have to a border wall?

Taking Trump out of the issue, Democrats have largely been united in their opposition to building a wall on the border with Mexico (with a notable half-measure in 2006). It became quite the ...
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Has the USA explicitly recognized Israeli sovereignty in West Jerusalem?

This is a question about the period of 1948-2017 - up until, but not including, the presidency of Donald Trump. During this period, had the USA ever officially, explicitly, recognized West Jeruslaem ...
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How much alcohol has changed hands as part of the “Whisky War”?

Canada and Denmark have a territorial dispute over Hans Island between Ellesmere Island and Greenland in the arctic. Starting in 1984, each country has sent expeditions which have placed their own ...
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Can a country sell part of its land to pay off huge national debt?

I know that in history, countries have sold certain parts of their territories to other countries. If a country is in massive debt today, and they feel there is no way they can get out of it, and the ...
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Will an independent Catalonia maintain an open border with Spain and France?

It is said that Catalonia plans to declare independence on Tuesday. If they do, did the proponents of independence indicate that the new republic will have an open border with its neighbours? Because ...
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Why is having border controls in Ireland so problematic for Irish nationalists?

One of the biggest challenges of Brexit is resolving the issue of the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. On one hand it is impossible for the UK to leave the Single Market while maintaining ...
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Under which conditions are EU border guards allowed to use weapons?

A video has been posted in 2017 showing a huge crowd of people storming the Spanish border post in Ceuta. Another 700 illegal immigrants stormed their way into Ceuta in 2018. From the videos it is ...
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Why would China object to a US-friendly Korea on their border?

I typically hear two main justifications offered for China's support of North Korea: collapse of the DPRK would result in one or both of A refugee crisis as displaced North Koreans seek asylum in ...
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What political aspects prevent land purchases in North America moving national borders? [closed]

The border between the US and Mexico is about 1,952 miles long. The current US president, known for making real estate deals, previously wanted to build a large wall along the entire length of the ...
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Why is there a thin red line showing as a border in Georgia in Google Earth?

Why is there a thin red line showing as a border in Georgia in Google Earth?
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Why did many voters support a border wall instead of other border control methods?

According to then candidate Donald J Trump's proposal, the US should build a wall on its southern border with Mexico. Seems every time he mentioned the wall in his rallies, his crowd cheered and were ...
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Why do airline companies and foreign government agencies have the right to prevent foreigners heading to US?

What is obvious is that the US has the right to prevent foreigners from entering the country. But the situation this morning is that it is not clear what would happen after the immigrant or visitor ...
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How could the USA get money from Mexico for a wall? [duplicate]

While building a wall along the Mexican border should not be impossible for the USA, I wonder how they could make Mexico pay for it. One way would be to pay 50-50, but I don't see the incentive for ...
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Why would Mexico be inclined to help pay for Trump's wall? [duplicate]

I'm reading a news article about Trump's plan for his first 100 days. The following discusses his controversial "build a wall" proposal: He also laid out his plan for working with Congress to ...
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Is the borderline between DPRK and Russia anyhow protected?

Is there anything that doesn't allow the people of DPRK to cross the North Korea-Russian border?
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What border security “experts” is Evan McMullin referring to?

In a recent interview on Special Report with Bret Baier, Evan McMullin stated the following about border security: As far as a wall is concerned, the experts actually say that in some places a wall ...
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Are there any official borders between continents?

I was talking to a friend about how Turkey wants to join the EU, I was a bit confused because I considered Turkey to be part of Asia, however he thought it was part of Europe. So we got maps up on our ...
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Why are only certain professions able to countersign passport photos in the UK?

Current law says that passport photographs may only be countersigned by persons within certain professions, and only once such a person has know the applicant for at least two years, specifically the ...
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what unit length is used for political boundaries?

I'm writing some software which can plot boundaries, similar to the resolution of the 'Coastline paradox'. I have aesthetic solutions for borders over land with variable lengths for straight runs, ...
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Why does the UK Border Force check train travellers before boarding, but ferry and flight passengers after disembarking?

When travelling to the UK by æroplane or ferry, the UK Border Force checks passports upon arrival in airport or ferry terminals (at least for the Hoek van Holland-Harwich ferry; not sure about ferries ...
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Why does Guyana let international companies explote resources in territory reclaimed by Venezuela?

From what I know, one of the major issues between Guyana and Venezuela is that Guyanese government has started negotiations with Exxon-Mobil to drill and produce Oil in disputed territory as you can ...
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Why do we have borders? [closed]

From a Cameroonian refugee. Why do we have borders ? A reporter interviews a Cameroonian refugee. What he says in the video sounds like, "The sky is open and only one thing, why do we divide it ...
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What impact on urban sprawl is there when each major city has its own administrative division?

Urban Sprawl is a major issue in many countries. Specifically in my country (Switzerland) it is such an issue that truly rural areas (where a majority of people don't go to a town every day to work) ...