Fortress Europe : dispatches from a gated continent /
Matthew Carr.
New York : New Press, 2012.
xiii, 279 p.
1595586857 (hc. : alk. paper), 9781595586858 (hc. : alk. paper)
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New York : New Press, 2012.
1595586857 (hc. : alk. paper)
9781595586858 (hc. : alk. paper)
contents note
Introduction: incidents on the border -- Part I. Hard borders: a gated continent; postcards from schengenland; policing the Spanish frontier; mare schengen; the Greek labyrinth; small island: British borders; the internal border -- Part II. border crossings: difficult journeys; traffic; hands across the border; blurred edges: Europe's borderlands; the western borders -- Epilogue: beyond the border.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2012-05-21:
In this expose of European immigration policy and its devastating effects, British journalist Carr (Blood and Faith: The Purging of Muslim Spain) investigates the "contradictory character" of the 1985 Schengen Agreement, which opened borders between 25 European states with the idealistic aim of transforming the European Union into a common "'area of freedom, security, and justice.'" However, according to Carr, Schengen required countries on the outer edge to seal their borders against unwanted visitors and enforce the E.U.'s immigration restrictions to address concerns about national security. The grimly ironic result for undocumented immigrants, refugees, and victims of human trafficking has been people "drowning in the Mediterranean, shot trying to cross border fences, mutilating themselves in detention centers, or reduced to destitution." Carr travels to remote borderlands of Poland, Spain, Greece, and Malta; Schengen-bordering countries like Turkey and Morocco that collaborate in enforcement; and the heart of western Europe and Britain to meet immigrants stuck in remote detention centers or "living rough" on city streets for years, as well as temporary workers and sex slaves abused by their handlers and abandoned by governments. But Carr also depicts ordinary Europeans who have gone to great lengths to help these stranded travelers. This disturbing but hopeful book humanizes the face of 21st-century immigration. Agent: George Lucas, Inkwell Management. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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"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 "This disturbing but hopeful book humanizes the face of 21st-century immigration." -- Publishers Weekly
"This disturbing but hopeful book humanizes the face of 21st-century immigration." - Publishers Weekly
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Main Description
On the militarized Turkish-Greek border, Afghan migrants brave minefields to cross into Europe-only to be summarily ejected by Greek border guards. At Ceuta and Melilla, Spanish enclaves in North Africa, migrants are turned back with razor wire and live ammunition. Deportees from the U.K. and France have died of "positional asphyxia" on deportation flights, strapped to chairs, their mouths sealed with tape. In a brilliant and shocking account, Fortress Europe tells 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 human rights crisis that has gone largely unnoticed by the U.S. media. Journalist Matthew Carr brings to life these remarkable human dramas, based on extensive interviews and firsthand reporting from the hot zones of Europe's immigration battles. 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.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Incidents on the Borderp. 1
Hard Borders
A Gated Continentp. 11
Postcards from Schengenlandp. 25
Policing the Spanish Frontierp. 45
Mare Schengenp. 64
The Greek Labyrinthp. 84
Small Island: British Bordersp. 107
The Internal Borderp. 124
Border Crossings
Difficult Journeysp. 147
Trafficp. 164
Hands Across the Borderp. 185
Blurred Edges: Europe's Borderlandsp. 207
The Western Bordersp. 230
Epilogue: Beyond the Borderp. 245
Notesp. 255
Indexp. 267
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