In recent years there has been growing interest in the experiences of young people seeking asylum in Europe. While the significance of the role of age is recognized, both youth transitions and trajectories beyond the age of eighteen are still largely unexplored, the role and impact of mobility predominantly centering on experiences of movement from country of origin to country of settlement. Inhabiting Borders, Routes Home contends that in considering migration and settlement experiences of young refugees it is also important to consider the role of their mobility through age and transitions in the country of settlement. Based on narrative research with young refugees, this book explores how migration journeys are intertwined with life course journeys and transitions into adulthood, shedding light on the manner in which gender intersects with age in experiences of migration and settlement, with close attention to the processes by which 'home' is understood and constructed. Through the concept of 'home' the book draws together and reflects on interconnections between integration in areas such as education or housing and experiences of social networks. Examining experiences of the asylum process and the manner in which they are interwoven within a wider narrative of home both within and beyond, Inhabiting Borders, Routes Home will be of interest to social scientists working in the areas of migration, asylum, intersectionality and the life course.
Ala Sirriyeh, Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Sociology and Criminology at Keele University, UK.
’In this book Ala Sirriyeh captures the paradox of being still on the move for young refugees. She does so in an understated, deeply passionate way, with gentle and forceful rigour that shows how multiple journeys create constellations of meaning for "home". A kaleidoscopic work, offering fresh conceptual understandings of forced migration and its impact on young lives.’ Ravi K.S. Kohli, University of Bedfordshire, UK 'Ala Sirriyeh’s new book Inhabiting Borders, Routes Home: Youth, Gender, Asylum is a welcome addition ... By examining young refugee women’s understandings and experiences of home, in 21st-century Britain, her work makes a timely contribution to our knowledge in the field of border studies. ... This book makes good reading for academics, practitioners and policy makers and it would be ideal to turn the findings of this book into guidelines on the reception and integration of asylum seekers at the national and the EU levels.' Journal of Borderland Studies 'The author gives many examples in her book and quotes from her interviews, which makes the book a vivid and diversified read. ... The book is well structured and thus a very good read for students and scholars who are interested in gender, youth studies and forced-migration studies. The variety of methods presented in this book, especially the photo elicitation, can be inspiring for those who are planning to conduct their own field studies.' Nordic Journal of Migration Research