Encyclopedia of Security and Emergency Management

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Border Security

  • Keith CozineEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69891-5_11-2


Border security is the step that nations take to prevent people or items from entering and departing into their country that may pose a threat or other adverse consequences or otherwise violate that nation’s laws.


One could argue that borders have been around since humans first began to settle in fixed locations, claiming that location as their own. As humans moved from hunter-gathers to agrarian society, they began to mark land over which they believe to have exclusivity over its use. These lines of ownership or borders could exist only in one’s mind, meaning that this is what this person or group of people believed to be theirs, accepted by others outside their borders, based on physical features of the earth, or barrier such as primitive fences or walls to mark their land. Today, borders most commonly thought of as the divide between political entities, usually between countries. Just like in early times, these borders could be imaginary, existing only in the...


Borders Security Transnational Threats Smuggling Trafficking Migration Counter-terrorism Travel documents Passport Control Baggage Control Ports of Entry 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Professional StudiesSt. John’s UniversityNew YorkUSA