[CLOSED] Homebound: Travelling for the holidays

What: Our next issue, on the theme of ‘Homebound: Travelling for the holidays’, to be published in December 2020

From all corners of the world migrants seek to return home for important holidays such as the Chinese New Year, Christmas or Eid al-Fitr. Whether returning to their hometown or home country, organising this temporary return can take months. The ‘spring movement’, when people travel home to celebrate Chinese New Year, is the world's largest human migration. At no time are as many people on the move than during holiday seasons. For many migrants, this is the only time they see their family in a year.

For refugees, travelling back to the countries they fled can be almost impossible, as it would put their lives at risk or endanger their asylum status in the host country. Besides questions about who can legally and safely return home for a short period of time, other problems might arise before and while travelling. Sometimes, migrants cannot travel home because it becomes just too expensive. Sometimes it is the weather that impedes travel. Lately, many have been forced to delay visits or miss out on important occasions because of the pandemic. With lots of new travel restrictions put in place, COVID-19 has made the possibility of going home tricky. Many are wondering whether it makes sense to go home for the holidays if they then need to quarantine for two weeks there and possibly again when they return to their country of residence. 


For our next issue, Routed Magazine welcomes contributions that explore the following areas: 

  • The process of planning. What needs to be considered before one leaves? What may motivate or discourage a visit home? Why do people choose specific holidays to temporarily return home?

  • The journey itself, including infrastructures, border regimes, and the experiences one has while travelling. What facilitates this journey? What hampers it?

  • New complications on all fronts brought by COVID-19: How do people change their priorities due to the pandemic? Do they change them at all? How is COVID-19 changing the way we think about travel?

We are particularly interested in publishing work that lifts up the voices of people on the move and exploring (im)mobility in its many varied forms.


We are also keen on receiving pieces that analyse current news about migration and (im)mobility, or reflect on cultural developments related to these topics.


Articles should address a broad audience, made of experts and non-experts, and should be originally written in English or Spanish.

When: The deadline for proposals has been extended until 13th November.

How: If you are interested in proposing a submission for this issue, please send us a short abstract no longer than 250 words via email to: RoutedMagazine@gmail.com. We would also like to hear about your relationship to migration and mobility (if you are a migrant, a researcher, a student, a practitioner...).

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Article guidelines:

  1. The length of the piece should be between 700 and 1000 words.

  2. The article should consistently use British spelling and grammar, if you’re writing in English.

  3. The simpler the language the better. Try to briefly explain or add links to any concepts, organisations, policies… introduced in the article.

  4. Concepts and cited works/legislation/articles should be inserted in the article as hyperlinks.

  5. All acronyms should be specified in parentheses.

Some notes on the publication process:

  1. Once you send us your proposal, we will get back to you after the deadline for all submissions (13th November).

  2. First drafts are due on 28th November, for publication on 19th December. After you send us your first draft, your editor will get back to you with their comments, which you will review before publication.
  3. The article will be translated and promoted on social media.
  4. We understand this topic may be highly sensitive. If any writer wishes to remain anonymous, we commit to protecting their identity.

  5. Please be aware that any opinions you express in your article will be yours alone and not reflect Routed's general stance.