Fortress Europe: Dispatches from a Gated Continent

Fortress Europe: Dispatches from a Gated Continent

by Matthew Carr


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Singled out by Foreign Affairs for its reporting on “the brutal frontiers of new Europe,” Fortress Europe is the story of how the world’s most affluent region—and history’s greatest experiment with globalization—has become an immigration war zone, where tens of thousands have died in a humanitarian crisis that has galvanized the world’s attention.

Journalist Matthew Carr brings to life remarkable human dramas, based on ex- tensive interviews and firsthand reporting from the hot zones of Europe’s immigration battles, in a narrative that moves from the desperate immigrant camps at the mouth of the Channel Tunnel in Calais, France, to the chaotic Mediterranean sea, where African migrants have drowned by the thousands. Speaking with key European policy makers, police, soldiers on the front lines, immigrant rights activists, and an astonishing range of migrants themselves, Carr offers a lucid account both of the broad issues at stake in the crisis and its exorbitant human costs.

The paperback edition includes a new afterword by the author, which offers an up-to-the-minute assessment of the 2015 crisis and a searing critique of Europe’s response to the new waves of refugees.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620972229
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 01/12/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Matthew Carr is a writer, broadcaster, and journalist. He is the author of several works of nonfiction, including Blood and Faith, The Infernal Machine, and Sherman’s Ghosts (all published by The New Press), as well as the acclaimed memoir My Father’s House. He lives in Britain.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Incidents on the Border 1

Part 1 Hard Borders

1 A Gated Continent 11

2 Postcards from Schengenland 25

3 Policing the Spanish Frontier 45

4 Mare Schengen 64

5 The Greek Labyrinth 84

6 Small Island: British Borders 107

7 The Internal Border 124

Part 2 Border Crossings

8 Difficult Journeys 147

9 Traffic 164

10 Hands Across the Border 185

11 Blurred Edges: Europe's Borderlands 207

12 The Western Borders 230

Epilogue: Beyond the Border 245

Afterword 255

Notes 273

Index 285

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