El futuro de la migración educativa

In Issue 12, Routed Magazine showcases a selection of articles exploring the future of educational migration in a post-pandemic world. The impacts of COVID-19 have been vast, and amidst border closures, universities transitioning courses online, study abroad programmes cancelled and city-wide lockdowns, international students have been some of the most directly impacted. 

In many cases, the reaction mobility choices made by students to return home reflect the intangible benefits of studying abroad, with the vibrancy of student life in London weakened by the pandemic. In Sweden, restrictive migration policies and the launch of online classes have led many to question if they can continue their studies, leaving lives in limbo. Many international students who could no longer work due to lockdowns have struggled in South Africa. Others are stranded in places such as Hong Kong with no prospect of returning home for the summer, or else forced to self-quarantine in Geneva. Female students who had to return home during the pandemic have had to deal with the double burden of following their classes online and doing all the house and care work their families and tradition impose on them.

Illiberal attacks on the freedom of education extend from the Hungarian government’s xenophobic policies, to Greece, where refugee children face barriers to receiving an education, exacerbated by COVID-19 and the quarantining of refugee camps. On the flip side, in London, two schemes are attempting to improve access to higher education for forced migrants. Meanwhile, for LGBTQ+ students across Europe, the notion of home has been shaped during lockdown by their relations, memories, gender identity and sexual orientation.

The future of international education looks uncertain, with some seeing room for growth through local mobility and branch campuses, and opportunities for the global South to capitalise on the impacts of COVID-19 and broadcast their research to a wider platform. Others reflect on the importance of mobility in academia and what might now be lost, and Chinese students share perspectives on pursuing graduate studies in the US, which until now have been fiercely competitive.

Looking beyond the world of education, we also bring you an examination of the Humanitarian Corridors Project, which is opening up safe and legal pathways between Lebanon and Europe for potential refugees. While in Libya, migrants and refugees face daily horrors and European efforts to keep them from crossing the Mediterranean, with UN agencies often failing to provide protection.

We would like to thank our writers for their contributions – many are students themselves, and are impacted by lockdowns and travel restrictions. As always, thank you to Routed’s readership. We hope you enjoy this issue and share it far and wide!

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“Me preocupan muchas cosas”: Las perspectivas cambiantes de los estudiantes chinos acerca de cursar estudios de posgrado en EE.UU.

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Desde mi ventana: Cuarentena y hambre durante la rentrée en la Universidad de Ginebra

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Cómo los institutos de investigación del Sur Global pueden utilizar el COVID-19 en su propio beneficio

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La educación de los refugiados en Grecia: desarticulada, inconexa e inadecuada

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¿Por qué (no) se marcharon? La (in)movilidad de los estudiantes internacionales de posgrado durante la pandemia

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Los programas universitarios para mejorar el acceso de los migrantes forzosos a la educación superior

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Un verano sin reuniones familiares: Los estudiantes internacionales varados en Hong Kong en tiempos de inmovilidad

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Viaje a la construcción del hogar: Nociones de hogar durante la pandemia de COVID-19

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Los campus filiales internacionales: ¿Qué podemos aprender de la pandemia de COVID-19?

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Voces de estudiantes nigerianos en la Universidad de KwaZulu-Natal (Sudáfrica)

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Hacerse académico en la inmovilidad: La movilidad internacional académica y la desigualdad global

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Las experiencias de género de los estudiantes migrantes retornados durante la pandemia de COVID-19

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Futuros en el limbo: El impacto de la pandemia sobre los estudiantes no europeos en Suecia

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Putting together the Hungarian puzzle

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La Agencia de Migración Sueca y la precariedad de la (in)movilidad durante la pandemia

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Reconocer la “vulnerabilidad matizada”: El Proyecto de Corredores Humanitarios en Líbano

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“Esto es hipocresía”: Entrevista a Giulia Tranchina sobre la política migratoria europea en Libia

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El buen nombre: crisis diaspórica de una identidad dual

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