[CLOSED] The future of educational migration

What: Our next issue, on the theme of ‘The future of educational migration’, to be published in October 2020

University campuses have become unique cultural ecosystems where students from all over the world learn, socialise and live. However, over the past months, universities across the globe have been forced to abruptly shut down their campuses, move classes online and cancel study-abroad programmes causing disruption for students and institutions. As many prospective international students reconsider their plans to study abroad, governments have also discouraged and repatriated their citizens studying overseas. 

The uncertainties caused by health concerns, border closures and travel limitations add to the ongoing geopolitical tensions and increasingly restrictive immigration regimes. Over the last few years, immigration policies such as the ‘hostile environment’ in the UK have also targeted international students, levying academic staff with border patrol responsibilities by pressuring them to monitor students’ immigration statuses. The current situation has intensified discrimination and visa restrictions; for instance, new international students will not be allowed to attend universities operating fully online in the US, while Chinese students in STEM fields claim to be increasingly regarded as a security threat in several countries. Meanwhile, Australia is implementing new policies to attract international students, such as allowing current students to continue their studies online while overseas. This edition will explore the future of educational migration through the lenses of COVID-19 and geopolitical changes. 


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

  • ‘Reaction mobility’ of students in the short term. How should we understand the journeys of students who rushed back home in response to COVID-19? 

  • Medium-term adjustments. Will foreign education and study-abroad programmes become less attractive? Will regional campuses overseas (e.g. NYU in China or the United Arab Emirates) become a more popular choice for students? Will families who have long been planning and saving for their children’s education abroad change their long-term projects? 

  • Institutional responses. How do universities and student recruitment agencies plan to adjust to the new context? Are universities adapting or reacting to the ‘hostile environment’? What is the role of professors and student unions?

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.

Routed is collaborating with the University of Oxford’s Centre on Migration, Policy & Society (COMPAS) to produce this issue. Some of the articles submitted to Routed may be republished by COMPAS.

When: The deadline for proposals is 28th August.

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...).

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 (28th August).

  2. First drafts are due on 26th September, for publication on 24th October. 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.

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