Open Border Agreements

Given the open border agreements that already exist across 68 countries, maybe a world of free movement isn’t as fanciful as you’d think.

Map: Jordan Engel. As always, the Decolonial Atlas’ original media can be reused under the Decolonial Media License 0.1.


    • You’re advocating for the abolition of borders yet simultaneously advocating ethnic boundaries, such as with the Kurds?
      Also, open border agreements are a bit different than simply free movement because they consist primarily of agreements between countries that have cultural/ethnic proximity, historical links, interdependent economies and most importantly – are at peace with each other.
      It’s wildly different than to have a Vietnamese person freely settle in a mostly Tamil town in Sri Lanka… or a Nigerian Hausa Muslim move to a deeply Catholic part of southern Mexico.

      It’s a natural human tendency to delineate between the ‘in group’ and ‘out group’ which can create a tension, at least as long as there is a consensus between peoples that each hold a distinction and are separate in some way (whether that be by language, culture, ethnicity, religion, skin color, political beliefs). Yet many desperately cling to their differences, you can’t have it both ways. You want to reinforce historical grievances, but maintain respect without resentment but also recognise and maintain perception to differences.

      Mind you, I’m speaking as a Kurd from a contentious region whose living family members have been persecuted by Islamists, Communist militias and the Far Right. I think we’re doing something right if everyone hates us.


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