Notes From the Margins…

Fortress Europe: Dispatches from a Gated Continent, New Press 2012/Hurst 2016

  • December 29, 2018
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‘This book will provide you with ammunition to use against those who would stoke up our fears, rather than banish them.’ – Nicholas Lezard,  The Guardian

“Sane and lucid, these dispatches from Europe”s increasingly militarised borders expose a human rights disaster unfolding in our midst. Matthew Carr brings humanity and a measured sense of history to a subject more often marked by hypocrisy and hysteria.” — Maya Jaggi, critic and cultural journalist

“With a relentless blade, Matthew Carr”s Fortress Europe exposes layer after layer of the dark side of the new Europe: the proliferation of militarised borders, brutal camps for immigrants and asylum seekers, and a burgeoning racism and xenophobia. This is a crucial book for anyone seeking to understand how dreams of unfettered personal freedom and mobility for all transformed into a Europe dominated by ranks of gates, cordons, biometrics and camps.” — Professor Stephen Graham, Newcastle University

‘The power of this stirring, authentic account comes from Carr”s ability to capture the refugee experience through his face-to-face interviews and his passionate observation of the current scene, including human trafficking, in which women and minors are forced to choose between deportation and exploitation.’— Booklist(starred review)

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