Fortress Europe's Inner Wall

Fortress Europe's Inner Wall : Migrant Dilemmas at the Brenner Pass

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Migrants fleeing war and misery in Africa and the Middle East cross deserts and seas in search of a better life in Europe, but a final obstacle awaits many who don't expect it: the Brenner Pass, Italy's border with Austria located in the middle of the Alps - Fortress Europe's Inner Wall. EU rules require asylum-seekers to stay in the first European country they set foot in, but family ties in other countries, employment opportunities and poor reception conditions in Italy drive thousands to head north anyway. Austria and Germany try to keep the migrants out, with Italy's reluctant cooperation. Marco Funk got to know them and the difficult circumstances they face while volunteering for a humanitarian aid organisation at the Brenner, and investigated the reception conditions that prompt so many to leave Sicily. This book combines migrants' stories with personal observations and political analysis to provide a conclusive critique of European migration laws.
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  • Paperback | 146 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.34g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514815621
  • 9781514815625
  • 2,576,770

About Marco Funk

Marco Funk holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science (International Relations) from the University of Central Florida and a Master's degree in European Affairs from Sciences Po Paris. He has gained professional experience at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), EU Agency for Fundamental Rights and International Organization for Migration (IOM). He maintains a blog on European politics ( and is particularly interested in migration and human rights issues.
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