Borderline is where global citizens belong

We help build thriving global lives and careers by informing and providing community for those whose life story and identity straddle borders. We cover policies that impact them, stories that represent them and information that’s useful to them. We build bridges beyond the globalist community and celebrate all kinds of relationships to place and identity. We seek out truth, wonder and compassion.

Prosaically, Borderline is a site, podcast and newsletter providing news commentary and interviews about lives lived across borders. It covers immigration, geopolitics, business, careers and more. (See all content categories.) It is convened, for now as a solo operation, by journalist and wanderer Isabelle Roughol from a London base.

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(Pardon the royal we. This may not always be a solo operation.)

If you leave home to get home,
Borderline is for you.


Borderline is a journalistic endeavour committed to accuracy and fairness. It stands for a global worldview. Objectivity is a method I adhere to, but not a destination. I won’t always be neutral, but I aim to be intellectually honest, to question my assumptions and to practice doubt systematically. Committing to truth also means embracing nuance and resisting outrage.


The best reward of a global life is the discovery of new cultures. It’s finding out there are other ways to do the big and small things you never questioned, whether that’s peeling fruit or raising a family. It’s in this spirit of wonder I approach life and journalism. I strive to apply the same open mind and wide-eyed curiosity to Borderline.


Living abroad requires compassion for yourself and for others in those lost-in-translation moments. So does participating in the public conversation. The internet is full of anger and outrage; Borderline will not pile on. Even as we ask for compassion for immigrants and other citizens of the world, we extend it to Borderline sources, members and to all who may or may not agree with us.

On editing
Sadly, our media economy no longer supports the staff sizes it takes to have multiple sets of eyes on every bit of copy. That’s the only way to get nearly-always bullet-proof copy down to the middle name of the dog. I do my absolute best and take accuracy very seriously, but this is a one-woman operation. If you spot any typos or errors or if you feel I’ve fallen short of standards, please reach out with kindness and I will correct where appropriate without delay.

On commenting and community
This site currently does not support commenting. The Borderline community connects in other ways, through video hangouts and more. On social media, I apply the block and delete buttons liberally against those who derail the conversation with spam or irrelevant comments, who spread misinformation or who abuse me or my followers. I support the freedom of expression of all, especially those who are too often cowed into silence by those who can’t behave in community.

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