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* During the [[RedChina Cultural Revolution]], there were many Chinese who fled to North Korea. Some even chose to swim to Hong Kong or Taiwan. According to the non-fiction book ''Nothing to Envy'' detailing the lives of North Korean defectors, one path out has a double example. For political reasons, South Korean Consulates in China cannot accept North Korean defectors as refugees, but the Korean Embassy in Ulanbattor, Mongolia ''can''. After making it to China, they then have to try and cross another border into Mongolia. As long as they've crossed the border, even if they don't make it all the way, Mongolian authorities will deport them South Korea rather than back to North Korea like Chinese authorities would.

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* During the [[RedChina Cultural Revolution]], there were many Chinese who fled to North Korea. Some even chose to swim to Hong Kong or Taiwan. According to the non-fiction book ''Nothing to Envy'' detailing the lives of North Korean defectors, one path out has a double example. For political reasons, South Korean Consulates in China cannot accept North Korean defectors as refugees, but the South Korean Embassy in Ulanbattor, Mongolia ''can''. After making it to China, they then have to try and cross another border into Mongolia. As long as they've crossed the border, even if they don't make it all the way, Mongolian authorities will deport them to South Korea rather than back to North Korea like Chinese authorities would.



* The northern free states in the US were this way for escaped slaves, until the Fugitive Slave Law (which allowed slave catchers to arrest escaped slaves in free states and transport them back down south) and the ''Dred Scott'' decision (which declared that slaves are not technically ''people'') effectively forced them to keep running all the way to Canada, with many abolitionists helping them on the Underground Railroad, a network that helped fugitive slaves. Abolitionists also actively obstructed fugitive slaves from being sent back, sometimes by force.

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* The northern free states in the US were this way for escaped slaves, until the Fugitive Slave Law (which allowed slave catchers to arrest escaped slaves in free states and transport them back down south) and the ''Dred Scott'' decision (which declared that slaves are not technically ''people'') weren't freed by being brought into free states or territories, as some state laws had previously established, along with even free blacks having no Constitutional rights) effectively forced them to keep running all the way to Canada, with many abolitionists helping them on the Underground Railroad, a network that helped fugitive slaves. Abolitionists also actively obstructed fugitive slaves from being sent back, sometimes by force. The conflict over this led up to the American Civil War.



* Immediately after the Partition of British India, thousands of [[UsefulNotes/{{Hinduism}} Hindus]] and [[UsefulNotes/{{Sikhism}} Sikhs]] fled from the newly created Pakistan to India, while thousands of [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Muslims]] fled to Pakistan.
* In late 2015, refugees are fleeing to Turkey, the European Union, and the United States to escape from the Syrian civil war.

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* Immediately after the Partition of British India, thousands of [[UsefulNotes/{{Hinduism}} Hindus]] and [[UsefulNotes/{{Sikhism}} Sikhs]] fled from the newly created Pakistan to India, while thousands of [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Muslims]] fled to Pakistan. \n Many of them were killed on the way by militants from the other groups.
* In Since late 2015, refugees are fleeing to Turkey, the European Union, and the United States to escape from the Syrian civil war.



* Averted with universal jurisdiction. This legal concept states that any nation may punish any offender for their crimes, even if said crimes never took place in their jurisdiction or said offender has any connection with the nation in question. Universal jurisdiction is normally reserved for serious crimes such as piracy, war crimes, genocide and so on.

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* Averted with universal jurisdiction. This legal concept states that any nation may punish any offender for their crimes, even if said crimes never took place in their jurisdiction or said offender has any connection with the nation in question. Universal jurisdiction is normally reserved for serious crimes such as piracy, war crimes, terrorism, genocide and so on.on, since they are deemed a threat to all of humanity or civilization.


* ''Film/PerfectAssassins'': Billy takes a hostage and flees for Mexico after partaking in a mass assassination. This leads the heroes to discover the bigger plot at play.



* ''Film/PerfectAssassins'': Billy takes a hostage and flees for Mexico after partaking in a mass assassination. This leads the heroes to discover the bigger plot at play.


* ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'': Offred and her family tried to flee across the border into Canada, but got caught. [[spoiler: Luke managed to get across later though, as does Moira.]]

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* ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'': Offred ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'':
** June
and her family tried to flee across the border into Canada, but got caught. [[spoiler: Luke [[spoiler:Luke managed to get across later though, as does Moira.]]]]
** [[spoiler:Emily (Ofglen) tried to leave Boston with her Canadian wife and son once things started getting bad, but she was stopped at the airport since she was only a Canadian citizen by marriage and the fundamentalist government no longer recognized same-sex marriage]].
** In the second season, [[spoiler:June flees again with Nick's help, but she's caught before getting on a plane to Canada]].
** [[spoiler:Emily later successfully escapes to Canada with June's baby Nichole, and reunites with her family]].


See also another method of evading the law, DiplomaticImpunity. In the case of fugitive Nazis, see ArgentinaIsNaziland.

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See also another method of evading the law, DiplomaticImpunity. In the case of fugitive Nazis, see ArgentinaIsNaziland. \n Has nothing to do with going to Taco Bell.


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* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'': In ''Recap/TintinKingOttokarsSceptre'', the sceptre's thieves try to make it over the Bordurian border. Tintin recovers the sceptre JustInTime before it passes out of Syldavia... Before [[ThirdActStupidity succumbing to his hunger and crossing the border while carrying the sceptre anyway]].



* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'': In ''Recap/TintinKingOttokarsSceptre'', the sceptre's thieves try to make it over the Bordurian border. Tintin recovers the sceptre JustInTime before it passes out of Syldavia... Before [[ThirdActStupidity succumbing to his hunger and crossing the border while carrying the sceptre anyway]].



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* ''Film/{{Fortress 1992}}'' has the protagonist John Brenneck (Christopher Lambert) and his pregnant wife try to leave a dystopian US after it implements a no-births policy to fight the increasing population growth. The film even opens with shots of the heavily crowded international bridges between the US and Mexico.

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* ''Film/{{Fortress 1992}}'' Subverted in ''Film/DoubleIndemnity''. The protagonist declares he's going to make a run for the border, only to collapse before he's even got down the hall from his ultimately fatal injuries.
* ''Film/Fortress1992''
has the protagonist John Brenneck (Christopher Lambert) and his pregnant wife try to leave a dystopian US after it implements a no-births policy to fight the increasing population growth. The film even opens with shots of the heavily crowded international bridges between the US and Mexico.



* The ultimate objective for the X-23 children in ''Film/{{Logan}}'' is to make a run into Canada, who had granted them asylum status.



* The majority of ''[[Film/SweetSweetbacksBaadasssssSong Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song]]'' consists of this.

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* The majority of ''[[Film/SweetSweetbacksBaadasssssSong Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song]]'' ''Film/SweetSweetbacksBaadasssssSong'' consists of this.



* Subverted in ''Film/DoubleIndemnity''. The protagonist declares he's going to make a run for the border, only to collapse before he's even got down the hall from his ultimately fatal injuries.
* The ultimate objective for the X-23 children in ''Film/{{Logan}}'' is to make a run into Canada, who had granted them asylum status.



* ''[[Series/{{CSINY}} CSI:NY]]'''s season premiere had the perp try to escape to Canada before Mac caught up with him. Needless to say, he failed.

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* ''[[Series/{{CSINY}} CSI:NY]]'''s ''Series/{{CSINY}}'''s season premiere had the perp try to escape to Canada before Mac caught up with him. Needless to say, he failed.



* The cliffhanger ending of the first (and only) season of {{Series/Terriers}}: Hank has made an enemy of a millionaire land developer and Britt is about to go to prison for 2 years. They sit at a traffic light where they can either return to Ocean Beach to face their fate or turn left and drive to Mexico to hide out.

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* The cliffhanger ending of the first (and only) season of {{Series/Terriers}}: Series/{{Terriers}}: Hank has made an enemy of a millionaire land developer and Britt is about to go to prison for 2 years. They sit at a traffic light where they can either return to Ocean Beach to face their fate or turn left and drive to Mexico to hide out.



* The Steve Miller Band's "Take the Money and Run" is the story of a stoner couple that goes to El Paso, Texas to rob a house and shoot the owner, [[ItAmusedMe because they got bored]]. They escape south to Mexico, pursued by a detective.
* Burl Ives' song "One Hour Ahead of the Posse". A murderer tries to reach the Rio Grande river and cross into Mexico.
* Inverted in the Johnny Rodriguez song "Run for the Border," where the narrator is running for the border to get ''out'' of Mexico so he can get away from the irate knife wielding husband of a woman that he spent the night with.
* Subverted in Warren Zevon's "Lawyers, Guns and Money" - he makes it to Honduras, but the trouble has followed him. "Send lawyers, guns, and money/The shit has hit the fan."
* Deconstructed somewhat in Music/TownesVanZandt's "Pancho And Lefty"; Lefty sells Pancho to the federales so he can run for the border himself... and ends up [[HoYay dying alone and broken-hearted]].



* Music/BruceSpringsteen's "Highway Patrolman" ends with one - the twist being that the runaway and the cop chasing him are brothers who ended up on different sides of the law.
-->I chased him through them county roads\\
'Til a sign said "Canadian border, five miles from here"\\
[[TearJerker Pulled over to the side of the highway, and watched his taillights disappear]]
* Music/GeorgeStrait's "The Seashores of Old Mexico"

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* Music/BruceSpringsteen's "Highway Patrolman" ends with one - Music/ChrisDeBurgh's song "Borderline" is about this (probably the twist being that Nazi takeover of Germany, judging by the runaway and the cop chasing him are brothers who ended up on different sides context of the law.
-->I chased him through them county roads\\
'Til a sign said "Canadian border, five miles from here"\\
[[TearJerker Pulled over
sequel song "Say Goodbye to it All").
* Attempted by the narrator in "Cocaine Blues" by Music/JohnnyCash, but not even making it
to the side of the highway, and watched his taillights disappear]]
* Music/GeorgeStrait's "The Seashores of Old Mexico"
border saved him.
-->Made a good run, but I run too slow\\
They overtook me down in Juarez, Mexico.



* "Ezekiel 7 and the Permanent Efficacy of Grace" by Music/TheMountainGoats is about torturing a man to death and then fleeing to Mexico.



* Attempted by the narrator in "Cocaine Blues" by Music/JohnnyCash, but not even making it to the border saved him.
-->Made a good run, but I run too slow\\
They overtook me down in Juarez, Mexico.
* The Music/BillyJoel song "Miami 2017" tells of a future in which New York City is destroyed and everyone flees to Florida. They can't Run For The Border because "TheMafia took over Mexico."
* Music/ChrisDeBurgh's song "Borderline" is about this (probably the Nazi takeover of Germany, judging by the context of the sequel song "Say Goodbye to it All").

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* Attempted by Burl Ives' song "One Hour Ahead of the narrator in "Cocaine Blues" by Music/JohnnyCash, but not even making it Posse". A murderer tries to reach the border saved him.
-->Made a good run, but I run too slow\\
They overtook me down in Juarez,
Rio Grande river and cross into Mexico.
* The Music/BillyJoel song "Miami 2017" tells of a future in which New York City is destroyed and everyone flees to Florida. They can't Run For The Border because "TheMafia took over Mexico."
"
* Music/ChrisDeBurgh's song "Borderline" "Ezekiel 7 and the Permanent Efficacy of Grace" by Music/TheMountainGoats is about this (probably torturing a man to death and then fleeing to Mexico.
* Inverted in
the Nazi takeover of Germany, judging by Johnny Rodriguez song "Run for the context Border," where the narrator is running for the border to get ''out'' of Mexico so he can get away from the irate knife wielding husband of a woman that he spent the night with.
* Music/BruceSpringsteen's "Highway Patrolman" ends with one - the twist being that the runaway and the cop chasing him are brothers who ended up on different sides
of the sequel song "Say Goodbye law.
-->I chased him through them county roads\\
'Til a sign said "Canadian border, five miles from here"\\
[[TearJerker Pulled over
to the side of the highway, and watched his taillights disappear]]
* ''The Steve Miller Band'''s "Take the Money and Run" is the story of a stoner couple that goes to El Paso, Texas to rob a house and shoot the owner, [[ItAmusedMe because they got bored]]. They escape south to Mexico, pursued by a detective.
* Music/GeorgeStrait's "The Seashores of Old Mexico"
* Deconstructed somewhat in Music/TownesVanZandt's "Pancho And Lefty"; Lefty sells Pancho to the federales so he can run for the border himself... and ends up [[HoYay dying alone and broken-hearted]].
* Subverted in Warren Zevon's "Lawyers, Guns and Money" - he makes
it All").to Honduras, but the trouble has followed him. "Send lawyers, guns, and money/The shit has hit the fan."



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* {{Discussed|Trope}} for comedy in ''Roleplay/DawnOfANewAgeOldportBlues''. A group of children receive superpowers one night while staying after hours at their high school. One of the students, Sebastian, also gained an eldritch entity that serves as his SpiritAdvisor. One of the first pieces of advice she gives him, only a few minutes after he's gotten his powers, is to flee the country before the government catches on to him. He ignores her.
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Spycraft}} 2'', if you find yourself the subject of a manhunt you can escape by invoking this trope to initiate a chase scene: the manoeuvre is actually called "RunForTheBorder".



* In ''TabletopGame/{{Spycraft}} 2'', if you find yourself the subject of a manhunt you can escape by invoking this trope to initiate a chase scene: the manoeuvre is actually called "RunForTheBorder".



* In ''Theatre/NoExit'', [[spoiler: this is the true backstory of Garcin. He tried to run away to Mexico, but got caught and executed.]]



* In ''Theatre/NoExit'', [[spoiler: this is the true backstory of Garcin. He tried to run away to Mexico, but got caught and executed.]]



* In ''VideoGame/DetroitBecomeHuman'', much of Kara's story involves her trying to flee across the border to Canada with Alice in tow. It's easy to miss, but androids are ([[AnthropicPrinciple conveniently]]) outlawed in Canada, so a fugitive android who wants to avoid being destroyed by the US authorities can build a new life there if they manage to blend in.



* In ''VideoGame/DetroitBecomeHuman'', much of Kara's story involves her trying to flee across the border to Canada with Alice in tow. It's easy to miss, but androids are ([[AnthropicPrinciple conveniently]]) outlawed in Canada, so a fugitive android who wants to avoid being destroyed by the US authorities can build a new life there if they manage to blend in.



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* The ultimate objective for the X-23 children in ''Film/{{Logan}}'' is to make a run into Canada, who had granted them asylum status.


* ''Fanfic/BequeathedFromPaleEstates'': With Robb's support, Theon flees to Dorne after he fakes his death. Theon heads to Dorne partly due to Lyarra vouching for him and partly because Dorne hates King Robert. Thus they would ignore any royal edicts declaring for his execution.

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* ''Fanfic/BequeathedFromPaleEstates'': ''Fanfic/BequeathedFromPaleEstates'': With Robb's support, Theon flees to Dorne after he fakes his death. death. Theon heads to Dorne partly due to Lyarra vouching for him and partly because Dorne hates King Robert. Thus they would ignore any royal edicts declaring for his execution.



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* ''Fanfic/BequeathedFromPaleEstates'': With Robb's support, Theon flees to Dorne after he fakes his death. Theon heads to Dorne partly due to Lyarra vouching for him and partly because Dorne hates King Robert. Thus they would ignore any royal edicts declaring for his execution.
* ''Fanfic/DirtySympathy'': After Phoenix unwittingly exposes the frame-up situation, Klavier and Apollo flee the country. Justified that many countries ended their extradition treaties with the U.S. after the Seventh Amendment was repealed.
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* ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'', after Austria has been taken over by UsefulNotes/NaziGermany. [[YouFailGeographyForever From Salzburg]].

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* ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'', after Austria has been taken over by UsefulNotes/NaziGermany. [[YouFailGeographyForever [[ArtisticLicenseGeography From Salzburg]].

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* The concept of "hot pursuit" is an attempt to avert this - if law enforcement is actively chasing a known criminal, they can keep chasing the criminal across the border and make the arrest despite no longer being in their actual jurisdiction.


A character, on the run from the law, has only one chance left at evasion: escape the jurisdiction entirely. Their crime might be addressed as a FugitiveArc, a GreatEscape, or escaping DayOfTheJackboot. Regardless of their crime (or lack of), they've resolved to escape the jurisdiction because of the pursuit.

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A character, on the run from the law, has only one chance left at evasion: escape the jurisdiction entirely. Their crime might be addressed as a FugitiveArc, a GreatEscape, or escaping DayOfTheJackboot. A spy's cover might have been blown. Regardless of their crime (or lack of), they've resolved to escape the jurisdiction because of the pursuit.


* In ''VideoGame/DetroitBecomeHuman'', much of Kara's story involves her trying to flee across the border to Canada with Alice in tow. It's easy to miss, but androids are ([[AnthropicPrinciple conveniently]]) outlawed in Canada, so a fugitive android who wants to avoid being destroyed can build a new life there if they manage to blend in.

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* In ''VideoGame/DetroitBecomeHuman'', much of Kara's story involves her trying to flee across the border to Canada with Alice in tow. It's easy to miss, but androids are ([[AnthropicPrinciple conveniently]]) outlawed in Canada, so a fugitive android who wants to avoid being destroyed by the US authorities can build a new life there if they manage to blend in.


* In ''VideoGame/DetroitBecomeHuman'', much of Kara's story involves her trying to flee across the border to Canada with Alice in tow.

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* In ''VideoGame/DetroitBecomeHuman'', much of Kara's story involves her trying to flee across the border to Canada with Alice in tow. It's easy to miss, but androids are ([[AnthropicPrinciple conveniently]]) outlawed in Canada, so a fugitive android who wants to avoid being destroyed can build a new life there if they manage to blend in.

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* Subverted in ''Film/DoubleIndemnity''. The protagonist declares he's going to make a run for the border, only to collapse before he's even got down the hall from his ultimately fatal injuries.

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** Also spoofed at the end of the Albanian trip to find the best luxury car for "A Leading Light in the Albanian Mafia". The trio decide to stage a bank robbery for the last test and see which car makes the best getaway vehicle. The finish line is a boat out of the country and back to Spain. Jeremy and Richard successfully escape in the BMW and Rolls Royce while James trails behind in the "Bentley"[[note]]actually a used Yugo that Jeremy purchased after Bentley refused to lend production a car[[/note]]. His way is eventually blocked by the police who failed to catch Jeremy and Richard, so he runs himself off the road and over a cliff rather than be caught.

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