Seeking asylum: human smuggling and bureaucracy at the border

Seeking Asylum is a wide-ranging investigation into the power of states to change the relationship between geography and law as they negotiate border crossings. Using examples from Canada, Australia, and the United States, Alison Mountz demonstrates the centrality of space and place in efforts to control the fate of unwanted migrants.

Seeking Asylum shines a fascinating light on the complex ties between the state and its socio-territorial boundaries, and the people who produce them. It compellingly explores the simultaneous power and limitations of the institutions charged with policing migrants, and the increasingly impoverished condition of refugee rights in the world’s most prosperous countries. It challenges us to ask hard questions about the state’s exclusionary practices, and most importantly about ourselves and the ever-more formidable boundaries built in our names. --Joseph Nevins, author of Dying to Live: A Story of U.S.