Ela Meh was born in 1988 in Ljubljana, where she lived until she was 16, moved away and has lived a semi-nomadic life ever since. She graduated from philosophy in 2009, after which she did not open a non-fiction book for over two years, spent much of her time gardening and wandering around. In 2012, she spent a year in Serbia as a volunteer for Migreurop, researching the consequences of the EU migration policy on the lives of migrants. In 2013, she started studying anthropology at the University of Ljubljana and in 2014-15 spent another year as an exchange student in Serbia, researching the health situation of illegalised migrants there. Her work is grounded in a belief that (nation) states and their borders are illegitimate and she is committed to freedom of movement and settlement for all.