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Fortress Europe Book Launch

  • November 07, 2015
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Next week sees the publication of the UK paperback edition of Fortress Europe: Inside the War Against Immigration, and I’ve got a couple of events coming up in London to mark the occasion.  On    Wednesday evening, I’ll be participating in a round table discussion at the Institute of Race Relations with the author and legal expert on EU immigration and human rights law Frances Webber and Ali Ceesay, spokesperson for Children of Calais.  Details here:

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November 11, 2015

To celebrate the publication of the second edition of journalist Matthew Carr”s Fortress Europe: Inside the War Against Immigration  the IRR is hosting a discussion on “Border Wars”.

  • Wednesday 11 November 2015, 6-8pm
  • Institute of Race Relations, 2-6 Leeke Street, London WC1X 9HS

A conversation between:

  • Matthew Carr writer and journalist
  • Frances Webber –  legal expert on EU immigration and human rights law, author of  Borderline Justice
  • Ali Ceesay  –  spokesperson, Children of Calais
  • moderated by  Liz Fekete  – IRR Director

The seminar is also a book launch. Copies of Fortress Europe: Inside the War Against Immigration  (Hurst & Company) will be on sale at a discounted price of £8.00. (RRP £9.99)

This event is free. As the IRR has limited space, booking is essential. To book, email:  [email protected]. Unfortunately the IRR is not wheelchair accessible.


And on Thursday at 6.30  I’ll be at the Waterstones in Trafalgar Square  in conversation with the critic and journalist Maya Jaggi:

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Matthew Carr on ”Fortress Europe”

Thursday 12th November 18:30 at London – Trafalgar Square

Fortress Europe: Inside the War Against Immigration (Paperback)
Join us for an evening with Matthew Carr, speaking about his book Fortress Europe to journalist and critic Maya Jaggi. Please note:
This is a free event, but booking is essential.
Please phone 0207 839 4411 or email: [email protected]
Thank you!

”Fortress Europe”When the Berlin Wall crumbled in 1989, a euphoric continent hailed the advent of a new “borderless” Europe in which such barriers would become obsolete. More than twenty-five years later, in the midst of the continent”s worst refugee crisis since World War II, European governments have enacted the most sustained and far-reaching border enforcement programme in history. Detention and deportation, physical and bureaucratic barriers, naval patrols and satellite technologies: all these have been part of Europe”s undeclared “war” against undocumented immigration.

These efforts have generated a tragic confrontation between some of the richest countries in the world and a stateless population from the poorest. The human consequences of that confrontation have become impossible to ignore, as migrants drown in unprecedented numbers in the Mediterranean or find themselves trapped in chokepoints like Calais, Hungary and Greece.

Fortress Europe, published here in a revised and updated edition, is an urgent investigation into Europe”s militarised borders. In a series of searing dispatches, Carr speaks to border officers and police, officials, migrants, asylum-seekers and activists from across the continent.  The result is a unique and ground-breaking critique of Europe”s exclusionary borders, and an essential guide to the wider drama of migration that will dominate politics for years ahead.Matthew Carr is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in The Observer, The Guardian, The New York Times and on BBC Radio. He is the author of The Infernal Machine and Blood and Faith.

Maya Jaggi is an award-winning cultural journalist and critic who has reported from five continents and been described as ‘one of Britain’s most respected arts journalists’ by the Open University, which awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2012.  She writes for publications including Financial Times andGuardian Review. Educated at Oxford and the LSE, she  was a DAAD fellow in Berlin in 2014.


Drop by if you’re in the area!


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I’m a writer, campaigner and journalist.  My latest book is The Savage Frontier: The Pyrenees in History and the Imagination (New Press/Hurst, 2018).  The Infernal Machine is where I write on politics, history, cinema and other things that interest me.

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