India/Bangladesh Border Wall and its Problems

Trump's wall between the US and Mexico is not the only wall between two countries to prevent immigration and to keep out asylum seekers. The wall on the Bangladesh and India border is similar to Trump's, with a wall and people manning the border, however this border currently is more of a problem. Many immigrants and asylum seekers are attempting to escape to India from Bangladesh, however they cannot do this, because the Indian Border Police have a shoot-on-sight policy for any people attempting to cross into the larger country.

Bangladesh is one of the lowest countries above sea level in the world, meaning that it is incredibly prone to flooding due to rising sea levels. There are many immigrants coming from the south of the country, near the sea, to the north, to escape the rising sea. Many are entering the capital, Dhaka, and other large cities, however these are fast becoming over-crowded, forcing many to try and cross the border. However, the leaders of India, including Narendra Modi and Ram Nath Kovind, are determined for no immigrants to enter their country due to already present over-population and other factors. They argue that if any more people are let into the country, India will become overpopulated, which could cause many more people to become homeless or unemployed, due to more people, but less jobs and accommodation. This shoot-on-sight policy for the border police, enforced to keep out asylum seekers and immigrants, is forcing people to stay in Bangladesh, which is slowly making it become more and more crowded. The population is also boosted by the Rohingya asylum seekers from Myanmar entering Bangladesh as well, who are being helped by the government despite the financially unstable position they are already in. Many people are entering Bangladesh, but barely any are able to leave, due to the India border policy, Myanmar not letting them in due to them helping the Rohingya Muslims, and many people from Bangladesh not having passports because they cannot afford them.

All of these factors are making Bangladesh become more and more overpopulated and crowded, which is slowly becoming more and more dangerous for the people living there. This is because, as more people enter cities looking for jobs, they are being forced to live in worse surroundings, as well as workplaces such as factories taking advantage of the desperate refugees and employing them, but making them work in unsafe conditions. This is bad for the people's metal wellbeing, but also their physical health. An example of a way this could be dangerous is how overcrowded slums have made water very unclean, or how, due to low pay, many people in large cities such as the capial, Dhaka, have been starving. Another example is when, a few years ago, a factory had become overcrowded, causing the top (first) floor to collapse onto the ground floor, killing many people.

However, some people may think that India has a right to protect their broder in this way, as they are rightfully scared of the same sort of sitiuation happening to them, however if the people were spread out over the two countries, there would be less overpopulation in general. As well as this, they have more out-migration than in-migration, so letting the asylum seekers into their countries would not drastically increase their population in the long term. However, conditions such as in Bangladesh could still happen in India if the asylum seekers and immigrants from Bangladesh entered the country.

This is just one example of how borders such as these, and Trump's Border, can cause people a lot of harm, and can force them into dangerous situations. This sort of thing happens all over the world, and I think that we could keep a lot of people out of danger if we opened up borders much more, which would definitely help combat overpopulation and therefore homelessness and unemployment.

What is your opinion? Do you think that India should let the immigrants and asylum seekers in, though they may face negative consequences? Or should they let the people in Bangladesh stay in danger and live in bad conditions, but keep themselves relatively safe?

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