Love, family and friendship across borders

What: Our eighth issue, on the theme of ‘Love, Family and Friendship Across Borders’, to be published in February 2020 - for Valentine’s Day. 

Love, friendship and family ties reach beyond borders. Through migration and mobility, people on the move build connections that spread across geographies and take a variety of forms. New relationships develop in receiving societies, weaving together migrant communities and binding locals and migrants. Children of migrant and mixed families grow up navigating two cultural universes, and often crafting their own. As these new ‘roots’ unfold, migration also shapes the ties with those in the place of origin and creates new forms of kinship solidarity and transnational care, from remittances to family group chats, reinventing the ways in which we ‘do family’. 

At the same time, borders and distance are also agents of separation. Border and deportation policies that tear families and loved ones apart have become common in many countries. In other cases, borders arise and harden between family members, who adapt to and resist the new barriers in their daily lives, and navigate reunion after walls fall. 

From family reunification programmes to Erasmus babies to the rise of new technologies of communication and care, we seek to publish contributions that reflect on stories of connection and distance across borders; look into the political and social dimensions of migration, family and love; or feature short stories and poems illustrating these realities.


We are particularly interested in publishing work that lifts up the voices of people on the move and exploring human (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 production 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 is 11th January.

How: If you are interested in proposing a submission for the eighth issue, please send us a short abstract no longer than 250 words via email to:

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. We understand this topic may be highly sensitive. If any writer wishes to remain anonymous, we commit to protecting their identity.

  2. First drafts are due on 25th January, for publication on 14th February. Once 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. 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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