The high-tech ‘makeover’ of Europe’s deadly border with Africa

Falikou’s border crossing came as work was due to be completed on a $40 million (33 million euro) overhaul, which Spain’s socialist government claims will not only make the borders more secure and efficient, but also reduce the risk of injury and death to migrants by removing the military-grade razor wire from its barriers and replacing it with sophisticated surveillance technology like long-range thermal imaging cameras, improved motion sensors, and a new fiber-optic communication system. The change, according to Spain’s political leaders, is part of a move towards a new kind of border, one defined by “humane security.”