Welcome to Inhabiting Borders. This site is run by Dr Ala Sirriyeh and hosts articles, a blog and other bits and pieces from projects I’ve been working on in the field of migration and refugee studies, with a particular focus on young people, identities and transitions to adulthood. I’m interested in the dual journeys young people experience through migration and transitions to adulthood and how these intersect. A key theme in my work has been considering how in a context of hostile exclusionary immigration regimes, young people can, and do, assert their agency and engage in resistance whether in ‘mundane’/everyday, or in more overtly political, ways.
At the moment I’m working on a project funded by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (Undocumented Youth, Political Activism and Citizenship in the USA)that explores undocumented young activists’ pathways and routes through political activism in the USA. I am also writing a book about emotions and the politics of compassion in immigration and asylum policy discourse in the UK, Australia and the USA.
Photograph: Sunshine through the trees by ‘Jasmine’ (see ‘Refugee young people in the UK’ for further information)