Border Controls says it reduces illegal immigration, but doesn’t seem to have any direct effect on crime, it does reduce tourism and immigration, which I can imagine is supposed to be reflecting a reduction in illegal immigration, smuggling, etc, but the tourism and immigration values don’t seem to affect crime either.
So Border Controls comes across as system of security measures but functions more like a lever for reducing immigration and tourism, I don’t know if biometric checks and armed guards at airports hurt tourism all that much in reality.
Would it be better to have border security and immigration policy separated? So you can set whether your country has open borders, visas, a points-based system, etc, determining how difficult it is to enter the country legally, and border security measures determining how difficult it is to enter (and exit?) the country illegally.
It’s probably a hard one to balance and definitely a thorny issue, but worth it, especially as the foreign policy segment currently has less going on than the others.