Fortress Europe (Paperback)

Dispatches from a Gated Continent

By Matthew Carr

New Press, 9781620972229, 320pp.

Publication Date: January 12, 2016

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (9/4/2012)

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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.

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.