Call for papers: The Future of Educational Migration, as a special issue of Routed. Deadline: August 28, 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.