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Lights in the Distance: Exile and Refuge at the Borders of Europe

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  4 reviews
"If you have the right passport, the right amount of money or the right colour skin, Europe can seem like a land without borders. That states who once fought wars with one another now give their citizens the right to travel, trade and work where they like is part of the story modern Europe likes to tell about itself: the EU's founding myth is that it was created to ensure ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Verso
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Paul
To be a modern European means that you have the opportunity to travel amongst the member countries with little or no identification. Quite amazing to think that this is possible when less than a century ago, we were all at War. That was the last in a series of wars that had taken place on the continent over the past millennia too. Should someone from the Netherlands wish to move to Spain to work they are perfectly entitled to do so. This has gone a long way in ensuring that the horrendous things ...more
Anne
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a deeply moving book where Daniel Trilling, editor of the New Humanist magazine reports on refugees in Europe. Trilling describes his many years of reporting on the refugee crisis with passion and respect.
The number of people displaced by conflict worldwide has risen to its highest level since the Second World War and trilling tells the story of these displaced people and their plight for sanctuary.
He does this through visiting camps and detention centres. He visits families and individu
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damien mervyn
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deeply moving.

Personal accounts of individuals making hazardous journeys across deserts, seas and mountains to the "utopia" of Europe.
For some of the masses of people escaping dystopia it is a road of hardship, illness and police brutality.
Heart piercing stories of women and children fleeing wars, abandoned in filthy conditions and left to fend for themselves.
For some people they eventually make it and claim asylum. For others it's a process of detention centres and rejection.
There are those
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Iana
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good, very sad account of the life of refugees in Europe and of the system that keeps hundreds of thousands of people without rights in our midst and at our borders. Thorough and patient, -really admirable - interview and research work. Very humane way of telling people's stories. Also very well written.
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Daniel Trilling is the Editor of New Humanist magazine and has reported extensively on refugees in Europe. His work has been published in the London Review of Books, Guardian, New York Times and others, and won a 2017 Migration Media Award. His first book, Bloody Nasty People: The Rise of Britian’s Far Right, was longlisted for the 2013 Orwell Prize. He lives in London.