Borders have a defining role in contemporary societies and they are becoming ever more multifaceted and complex, representing intersections of political, economical, social, and cultural interests. For those in positions of power, borders are as impersonal as the lines they draw on a map. But those lines come with a set of laws with a devastating impact. How can an abstract line inflict so much suffering, and even death? This thematic section looks at the life-changing effect of borders on people's lives.