Alison’s work explores the tension between the decisions and desires that drive human migration and the policies and practices designed to manage immigration. Her 2010 book Seeking Asylum: Human Smuggling and Bureaucracy at the Border (University of Minnesota Press) was awarded the 2011 Meridian Book Prize from the Association of American Geographers. Her current research examines struggles over border enforcement, asylum, and detention. Her research has been funded by the John D. and Catherine T. McArthur Foundation, the Canadian Embassy, the National Science Foundation, and the Metropolis Project.

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