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Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, HSPH; Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law, HLS


last week, Greece announced a pilot plan to install a “floating wall” in the Aegean Sea. A system of floating dams off the coast of Lesbos, spanning 1.7 miles and rising 50cm (20in) above the water, the barrier is intended to block the primary sea route to Greece from Turkey, and deter migrants from attempting the journey. But in a country with a maritime border roughly 500 nautical miles long, the floating barrier is primarily symbolic. Like Trump’s wall, it will signal the intent to keep out migrants; and like Trump’s wall it will fail to do so.


Digidiki, Vasileia, and Jacqueline Bhabha. "Greeces Proposed "Floating Wall" Shows the Failure of EU Migration Policies." The Guardian. February 7, 2020.