What would happen if we removed all walls and borders? Olivia @ Topical Talk 23 April 2019 Please share your answers in the comments section and reply to other BNC members here!What would happen if we removed all walls and borders? Comments (48) talented_cookie | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom 23 Apr 2019 If we removed all borders and walls, then other people from other countries could migrate away to a place they want to even if they had a war in their country. But sometimes people can go to somewhere else and then they could set a fire or make something go wrong if they had done something to them or to make chaos so others had to fix it but they would have to be careful because police might be around nearby. Reply to this comment lively_tomato | Skellefteå talented_cookie's comment 24 Apr 2019 I agree with you. It is important that people can move where they like. Reply to this comment highspirited_artic_fox | Skellefteå talented_cookie's comment 24 Apr 2019 i agree, i like your arguments :) Reply to this comment extraordinary_thought | Michael Faraday School | United Kingdom 23 Apr 2019 If we removed all the borders and walls then: -People wouldn't know where they were. For example, maybe we were going to leave America to Mexico. We wouldn't know if we were still in America or in Mexico.This problem might even cause fights or arguments. -We won't know who's rules to follow as different countries have different laws. -Countries would fight over land because of confusion. -Places that have lots of jobs would be crowded by lots of people. Reply to this comment hopeful_starfish | Skellefteå extraordinary_thought's comment 24 Apr 2019 yeah but did you know in 2019 it can be found signboards that says example "you are right in the line between USA and Mexico" or "welcome to USA". I think that you still living in the stoneage. Am i right bro? Reply to this comment insightful_watermelon | Skellefteå extraordinary_thought's comment 24 Apr 2019 I agree! Wery thoughtful arguments. Reply to this comment unassuming_strategy | Skellefteå extraordinary_thought's comment 24 Apr 2019 To have walls around you is like being imprisoned and that you don't have the freedom. If you know what i mean. I see your points but walls costs a lot of money. We need the money for other stuff like for hospitals and medicine. peace:) Reply to this comment believable_mulberry | Skellefteå extraordinary_thought's comment 24 Apr 2019 I agree (kind of), I would love if all people helped eachother and that the whole world was like one big country with the same laws and rules. But sadly i don´t think that would work because all humans are selfish and wants to control others (some people more than others). I think we need borders to know where one country ends and another one starts but building walls will not make a difference because people are going to want to leave or come into the country and i think that should be okay. So even if there is a wall people will find a way through or over when they become desperate enough. Building walls between all countries would be very expensive. We need the money for many other more important stuff. Reply to this comment lively_moment | Skellefteå 24 Apr 2019 Walls are important because if we had no walls my house would fall apart. :( Reply to this comment wonderful_pomegranate | Skellefteå 24 Apr 2019 Spending billions of dollars to build hundreds of miles of additional walling — or “steel slats” or whatever you want to call it. unnecessarily!! Reply to this comment smart_tsunami | Skellefteå 24 Apr 2019 I think that the ilegal import/smugeling would have increased a lot beacuse it had bin inposible to keep such tings as weapons and drugs outside the country. Reply to this comment coherent_fruit | Skellefteå 24 Apr 2019 If we removed all borders maybe everybody would be free to do what they want but it would also be harder to go to the places you want to go to beacause you wouldn't inte where tjat would be. But the world would be a better place Reply to this comment Tiff @ Topical Talk coherent_fruit's comment 25 Apr 2019 Can you explain why you think it would make the world a better place? Reply to this comment balanced_singer | The Ruth Gorse Academy | United Kingdom 24 Apr 2019 If there were no walls and borders the negatives would be: random people, who could be there to cause harm, may enter the country and set up a bomb or start a terrorist attack or kill someone. These people are obviously a threat to the country and without walls and borders and people to control them, violent crime could rise in some countries. Furthermore, countries with a lot more people, better jobs or maybe better education could get overpopulated. With no walls and borders, illegal immigrants could come into the country for all of their good qualities. However, this may be a good thing because it would mean that the country could become more and more diverse and welcoming. But there may also be a lot of fights and protests and dangerous things going since the citizens don't want the illegal immigrants in their country. So there are positives and negatives about illegal immigrants entering countries ( I think it really depends on how many people agree with foreigners ). There are also positives about having no walls. Since walls and borders cost so much to make, if there were fewer walls the money that would have been used for them could go towards other things such as hospitals and schools; like what unassuming_strategy and believable_mulberry said. Moreover, people would be able to study and work in different countries more freely. For example, people who live in Korea aren't allowed to leave the country very often; they are only allowed to leave under certain circumstances. So, I think that both having walls and not having walls are good things because people only build walls to protect people from the bad people on the outside. However, not having walls is a good thing because people would be able to roam more freely around the world. Reply to this comment convivial_nature | Skellefteå 24 Apr 2019 I think everybody would break a law because you wouldn't know which country you are in, and all countries have different laws. Reply to this comment Tiff @ Topical Talk convivial_nature's comment 25 Apr 2019 This is an interesting idea! That borders mean you can govern your area with your laws more easily. Why do you think there are different laws in different countries? Reply to this comment eloquent_recipe | Crampton Primary School 25 Apr 2019 What would happen if we removed all walls and boarders? I believe that you can't destroy boarder. Many countries have sea protecting the land therefore the sea is the boarder. Unless I am very much mistaken, you can't demolish sea boarders. Walls ,on the other hand , you can remove. Walls are made out of brick and, I think, that they are unnecessary because they stop certain people from entering their country. Reply to this comment Tiff @ Topical Talk eloquent_recipe's comment 25 Apr 2019 Are all walls physical? Reply to this comment honorable_bilberry | Portobello High School 26 Apr 2019 There would be loads of wars for more land and colony’s Reply to this comment dependable_duck | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School | United Kingdom 26 Apr 2019 I believe that some people would like it. Not just in our country. It could be in many countries. However, some people would not like it. Overall, I think that it could be amazing, or terrible. Reply to this comment honorable_conclusion | Weston Favell Academy | United Kingdom 28 Apr 2019 If we removed all the walls and the borders, some countries may be overpopulated and some countries may be deserted . This is because some countries (like America) are very popular for tourists and everyone would want to move there meaning that country would be overpopulated and the places they had moved from would be deserted. Also, a wall could also be classed as a firewall meaning that everyone's phones could be hacked into and havoc would ensue as state secrets could be revealed from countries. Also, if there were no walls around prisons, there could be criminals in the outside world. However, this could be a good thing because the whole world would get to interact with each other. Also, people would not be able to keep bad secrets. Overall, I believe that if we removed all the borders and walls , there would be positives and negatives. Reply to this comment content_lemon | Boutcher C of E Primary School A | United Kingdom 28 Apr 2019 I think if you removed ALL walls (both physical ones, and ones that you can’t see) then it can turn out for the good, but also for the bad. For example, if you got rid of all physical walls, then we’d all be exposed to things that may harm us, and we’d be much, much more likely to get ill – as if we remove walls then we’d be out in the open, and all the cold – forgetting about all the pollution, dust and dirt - will get to us. The roofs of our houses would fall in; safety hazard, leaving us with no home at all. It will also enable corrupt people to hurt us, making it easier for them to do so. This is also a matter of privacy; walls include gates and fences! I doubt people (well, I certainly wouldn’t) will like their neighbours spying on them! Imagine taking a shower, and the people next door peeking in. Ugh. And when we discussed this at school, the “toilets” conversation came. Especially disgusting with girls and PUBLIC toilets (one person stated that boys may be a little more “relaxed”. I can’t agree nor disagree). However, it can be a good thing. If you and some other person had an argument, and weren’t talking to each other, then they would be a barrier between you – preventing you from talking. If that barrier were to be removed (if all walls were removed) then you’d have to start talking, and maybe even advance to being friends again. Then, many will be happy – you and that person, and your friends, as I find that once someone in your friendship group has had an argument, or is upset, that affects most of the others too. If all borders were to be removed, however, there would be a lot of confusion. You wouldn’t know which country you are in, navigation would most probably fail, and you simply wouldn’t be able to go around and travel. So, in some cases, all would be well (barriers that aren’t visible) but some all would end in disaster (If we removed walls within our houses). Reply to this comment introspective_potato | Skellefteå 29 Apr 2019 Walls protect people in a good way but still separate people Reply to this comment productive_petal | Portobello High School 29 Apr 2019 If we take away all walls and borders,there will be a fight both politically and geographically. It would take away safety from prisoners, but make it easier to travel. This may not always be a good thing. We think it would cause riots, looting and violence. Walls might divide the world but in our best interest. Reply to this comment energetic_rock | New Horizons Children's Academy 29 Apr 2019 If there was no border anywhere, people could migrate illegally, and could possibly steal, murder or cause a fire anywhere they wanted. E.G: North Korea and America (before they agreed terms and were in a fight) For example you were from North Korea, and you really hated America. If there was no border anywhere between Korea and America, then anyone could cross over and cause a fire, killing plenty of people. Reply to this comment free_acorn | Elaine Primary School 29 Apr 2019 If you removed the walls and borders the Palestinian might declare war at Israel or they will make an agreement to share the land equally and so they can live in peace and harmony. Reply to this comment delightful_eagle | Elaine Primary School 29 Apr 2019 If we remove the walls and borders either they will make an agreement or start a war. Take the Palestinians and Israel, Israel built a wall to protect and separate them both so a war does not occur and take lives of others. But if the Palestinians have a pregnant women and they have no hospital that`s going to be an issue because they might not be able to travel to the Israel land to have the baby and it might not live on. Reply to this comment Olivia @ Topical Talk delightful_eagle's comment 29 Apr 2019 Good example, well done. Can you think of any other problems that might happen if a wall is built? Reply to this comment interesting_crab | Elaine Primary School 29 Apr 2019 If all walls and borders were removed people would immigrate to other countries and start a war. Although in some countries they may make agreements to share something but in others they may disagree and create a war. Israel and Palestine they have created a wall to separate them from each other as they both believe the land is theirs. Donald Trump is building a wall to separate the US from Mexico to stop illegal immigration, he made this a promise when he became president. Reply to this comment Olivia @ Topical Talk interesting_crab's comment 29 Apr 2019 Good use of examples - well done! Reply to this comment creative_sparrow | The Ruth Gorse Academy | United Kingdom 30 Apr 2019 Open borders would allow people to move to countries freely to improve their lives and the lives of their families without having to pay for expensive visas to enter and thereby eliminate poverty because people can easily travel to areas where there is plenty of work. People can flee to places with less oppressive regimes with a lot more ease and without any fear. A story that hit the news 3 months ago highlights this scenario when a young 18-year-old Saudi girl named Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun had renounced Islam, which is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia. She fled to Thailand to get away from the physical and psychological abuse at the hands of her brother and father. Fortunately, due to a social media campaign, she was granted an asylum in Canada, otherwise she would have been escorted back to her homeland and possibly be punished. Other benefits to open borders are the diversity of people and cultures. If migrants are willing to integrate with their new host country, then I do believe it can create tolerance and open mindedness. Migrants can benefit a country with variety of skilled workers and shared knowledge which can all help to improve the economy. However, for those that do not believe in multiculturalism; open borders may be perceived as a bad idea because native people may feel their identity or their cultures and values being swamped by larger influx of other migrants and this could cause social conflict. For example indigenous people of America and Australia were Native Americans and Aboriginals, they were largely overrun by European settlers over many centuries ago and the European immigrants eventually became rulers of those countries. And, if certain boundaries are not respected, people may explore to remote parts of the world, even protected Amazonian tribes along with their cultures could be lost for ever. Other drawbacks are that people may not necessarily be fully aware of each other’s laws or customs and may get into serious trouble. Recently a British woman called her ex-husband’s new wife a ‘horse’ on Facebook whilst she was in Dubai which landed herself in prison as she didn’t know how strict the laws were over there. And, even if you know what country you are in it sometimes can be very hard to adapt your behaviour to the host country and even the native people may view your behaviour as unusual which may cause some anxiety within their community. There is also the problem with diseases spreading easier from one place to another. We would not be able to have access to people’s medical records or check whether vaccinations are up to date. For example, a recent report shows that half a million UK children are unvaccinated against measles. Just by having this medical data, we know there is a public health concern and by knowing this fact we can urge the government to do something about it, such as educating the public with more information. Unfortunately people are unaware that measles can cause death for the worst case scenario and pose a threat for vulnerable children who are unable to be vaccinated. In fact, some countries operate on a no vaccine, no school policy. Unrestricted borders could cause chaos if their was a sudden influx of refugees and migrants into one country and this will no doubt cause a huge strain on the resources available even for the wealthiest countries for housing, health services, schools, policing etc. And, there would be more competition for jobs. Social conflicts and hostility will rise if migration was not flowing at a steady pace or distributed evenly around the world. As we live in an age of terrorism, people may constantly feel fear or threatened if there was no way of monitoring who comes in. Also, if the government has no control of what legally comes in and what come out then other crime could also increase. There are, of course, the EU ‘open borders’ which means that under the EU Schengen scheme, it allows citizens of the European Union to work and move freely without visas or passports within the EU countries (the UK and Northern Ireland opted out of this scheme but still allow for free movement.) In my opinion the system operates fairly well for these 28 EU countries because overall, we are very similar to one and other in how we think, despite some differences. We have a democratic systems with similar laws; a framework that respects free speech (to a certain level) and have higher standards of human rights and we are not controlled by one dominant religion compared to places such as Saudi Arabia or Brunei. However, open borders for the whole wide world would be a terrible idea; due to our differences in politics, religious beliefs and customs. And, not to mention the size of the world’s population (7.53 billion), can you imagine sudden huge swathes of people targeted to a few wealthiest nations in the world? It would overwhelm any country to the point that the overall standards of living would fall dramatically for a large majority living in those areas. I can only conclude that an open border policy would create chaos, more wars and more social unrest. And, because of various human activities and a lack of respect for the environment, free movement would also cause a catastrophic impact to the environment and the ecosystems; through depletion of resources and destruction of habitat, it would create the extinction of wildlife and increase pollution. Reply to this comment breathtaking_deer | Streatham Wells Primary School 01 May 2019 It would be good and bad because sometimes you need walls to protect your country but not always Reply to this comment industrious_moon | Streatham Wells Primary School 01 May 2019 i like where you are coming from breathtaking deer but we do and don't need walls and barriers because some intend to do harm or separate families. Reply to this comment gentle_melon | Graveney School | United Kingdom 01 May 2019 if we removed all the walls and borders we would have no privacy between ourselves an our neighbours but on the other hand if we removed borders, refugee's or terrorist's or even people like us could just drive through to a different country illegally without any passports or personal details like you need now Reply to this comment fearless_conversation | Ormiston Bushfield Academy | United Kingdom 02 May 2019 We build walls because it makes us feel safe, emotionally and physically. Hence the idea of your four walls your bedroom for example, those four walls make you feel safe. Emotionally we build up walls to protect us from people hurting us. The wall Donald Trump wants to build is because he truly believes it can protect them from something but sometimes it's okay to break down your walls. We should break down the walls and let people from anywhere. The idea of the world living in peace. But would that happen if we didn’t have those walls? There are laws in every country and those are the rules that, that specific country agrees with. So by knocking down those walls perhaps those laws would be broken. Also arguments could break out and random could be crossing borders. Reply to this comment serious_economics | Willowtown Community Primary School 02 May 2019 we will have no privacy and people will brake in to banks and steal our money and lions and other dangerous zoo animals Reply to this comment talented_tamarind | Willowtown Community Primary School 02 May 2019 if we had no walls/fencing we will have no accesses to prissy for example think of the zoo animals on the loos in the zoo. Reply to this comment artistic_opinion | Arnhem Wharf Primary School 02 May 2019 If we had no walls or borders: -you would have no privacy -the zoo animals would escape -people there would be havoc and carnage -the prisoners of Rikers Island would escape -people could just walk into schools -people could break the law because in different countries there are different laws -people can migrate to different countries -refugees will be free to roam -there will be no great wall of china -there will be no more Hungarian border barrier -North Koreans will be able to enter South Korea and South Korea will be able to enter North Korea -The fighting between South and North Korea will escalate, over the roof! Reply to this comment quiet_horse | Arnhem Wharf Primary School 05 May 2019 If we had no borders, the world will be changed. It will be chaotic. It will be different. Walls are there to make the world in peace in some cases or just to protect us. If all walls and borders were removed we will have a lot of people coming in to our country without being checked. Like, they could be a criminal that just came out of prison because there was no fence. We can’t have people coming in without permission because this could seriously hurt us if they started to harm others. If we take the Palestinians and the Israel’s, they built a wall to divide each other so a war does not start between them. Reply to this comment super_drawing | Michael Faraday School | United Kingdom 05 May 2019 If we had removed all the walls from the world it would be horribly bad decision as mass immigration will happen and some countries will be flooded with people from different place and all countries will have poor economics as some will have too many people and others will have too little people; this is just one of the reasons we shouldn't remove all walls. The second reason is people can export and import drugs and weapons to different countries risks of people getting killed and injured will increase highly as violent crime will rise and there could be terrorists planning to set traps, bomb. Another reason (which everyone will agree with) is that if we removed all walls thieves can enter homes, garden and company buildings. Also we will lose all of our privacy as people can see what you are doing and when you are doing it and where you're doing it which we will not like. Schools will shut down therefore many will be overloaded and some have not enough students inside which will lead to jobs decreasing in the future as children didn't have a proper education. Prisoners will be able to escape from the cells and this will lead to mass rises in violence and murders. My final reason is if we remove walls everyone will be practically homeless because houses and flats cannot stand on no walls and also banks as walls are not there to protect them. Reply to this comment Olivia @ Topical Talk super_drawing's comment 07 May 2019 Good reasoning shown. Well done! Do you think that if we got rid of all walls, there would be implicit trust between everyone? For example, rather than one person leaving a door open and getting burgled, if everyone leaves their door open, no one gets burgled because everyone is in the same situation? Reply to this comment super_drawing | Michael Faraday School | United Kingdom Olivia @ Topical Talk's comment 11 May 2019 No, I don't agree as some people may have more than others and if everyone leaves their door open the thieves will go for the peoples homes who has more so they shall not have trust between them which relates to the US-Mexico border. The reason the US president (Donald Trump) isn't willing to allow Mexicans and other southern North Americans inside the US is because he believes that the southern North Americans are just importing drugs into the US but the reason they are entering because they seek safety from gangs and violence as well as wanting a better life in a better life style. So there will not be implicit trust between them. Reply to this comment inspirational_tomato | Ormiston Rivers Academy 07 May 2019 I think that if we did remove all the walls and boundaries then the countries would have more wars and that people wouldn’t get along Reply to this comment inspirational_tomato | Ormiston Rivers Academy 07 May 2019 And if we took down all the walls then immigration would have non stop going and then we would have to build more houses and it would destroy more land Reply to this comment gregarious_turkey | Ormiston Rivers Academy 07 May 2019 I think that if walls and borders were taken down, it would have it’s ups and downs, first of all, I believe partially that it would be a good things as people’s freedom of movement has increased and improved, but that could also lead to over population in major countries such as China and India which would result in some economies having to many people and others having too little. Another point is that Immigration would increase, also leading to overpopulation. Also, (thinking a bit smaller now) our houses would no longer serve the purpose of privacy and protection, as there would be no walls! So overall, that wouldn’t be a great idea... Reply to this comment constructive_pomegranate | Skellefteå 08 May 2019 I don't think you need walls to stop people to go to differents countries. You can for example dig deep holes. I think the problem will be all the buildings. Reply to this comment delightful_dragonfruit | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom 08 May 2019 well if they were no walls or borders my house would fall apart. Reply to this comment fearless_conversation | Ormiston Bushfield Academy | United Kingdom 20 May 2019 We build walls because it makes us feel safe, emotionally and physically. Hence the idea of your four walls, your bedroom for example, those four walls make you feel safe. Emotionally we build up walls to protect us from people hurting us. The wall Donald Trump wants to build is because he truly believes it can protect them from something but sometimes it's okay to break down your walls. We should break down the walls and let people from anywhere. The idea of the world living in peace. But would that happen if we didn’t have those walls? There are laws in every country and those are the rules that, that specific countries agrees with. Different countries are going to believe different things. There are going to be different laws and different beliefs. So by knocking down those walls perhaps those laws would be broken. Also arguments could break out and random people could be crossing the border. Perhaps more arrests would be made because not everyone would know the certain laws. All in all sometimes it’s good to break down walls and sometimes there up for a reason. Reply to this comment You must be logged in with Student Hub access to post a comment. Sign up now!