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Inequalities and migration

About the issue:

For our 23rd issue, we called for contributions on the theme of inequalities and migration. Throughout history, migration has always been marked by inequalities. From passport privilege and freedom of movement for some, to restrictions on movement for others, inequality manifests in a multitude of different ways. Some of us are “migrants”, others are “expats”, and for some, inequality means they are rendered stateless or refugees through circumstances of birth.


This issue considers the broad and far reaching inequalities inherent in migration in today’s world. Authors point to inequalities faced by migrant workers being othered whilst risking their safety to support gated communities in Delhi, as well as the complex relationship of vulnerability and privilege observed between the Chinese migrants in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the “street level” local bureaucrats. Others explore the internally displaced homeless in the US, or those with limited mobility facing gender-based violence in India. This issue highlights the poor conditions experienced by refugees when seeking asylum across Germany and France and faced with only temporary protection, or refugees experiencing climate-induced inequalities in camps. From Indonesian migrants in Taiwan, to Hong Kongers in the UK, to Indian migrants in the Gulf, this issue has something to pique anyone’s interest.


We would like to thank all authors for sharing their research and their own stories with Routed, and for shining a light on the inequalities prevalent in migration. Thank you as always to the Routed team for continuing to edit, publish, coordinate and publicise the work of our excellent contributors, located across the globe. Finally, thanks to our readers, new and old, we hope you enjoy this issue.

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