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Research Handbook on International Migration and Digital Technology
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Research Handbook on International Migration and Digital Technology

9781839100604 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Marie McAuliffe, Head, Migration Research Division, International Organization for Migration, Switzerland and Sir Roland Wilson Fellow, School of Demography, The Australian National University, Australia
Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 83910 060 4 Extent: 464 pp
This forward-looking Research Handbook showcases cutting-edge research on the relationship between international migration and digital technology. It sheds new light on the interlinkages between digitalisation and migration patterns and processes globally, capturing the latest research technologies and data sources. Featuring international migration in all facets from the migration of tech sector specialists through to refugee displacement, leading contributors offer strategic insights into the future of migration and mobility.

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This forward-looking Research Handbook showcases cutting-edge research on the relationship between international migration and digital technology. It sheds new light on the interlinkages between digitalisation and migration patterns and processes globally, capturing the latest research technologies and data sources.

Featuring international migration in all facets from the migration of tech sector specialists through to refugee displacement, leading contributors offer strategic insights into the future of migration and mobility. Covering diverse geographies and using interdisciplinary approaches, contributions provide new analysis of migration futures. A discrete chapter on digital technology and COVID-19 global pandemic offers reflections on how migration and mobility are being profoundly reshaped by the global pandemic. The practical applications and limitations of digital technology in relation to international migration are also highlighted and supported with key case studies.

Analytical yet accessible, this Research Handbook will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars in the fields of migration and digital technology, while also being of benefit to policy makers and civil society actors specialising in migration.
Critical Acclaim
‘A pioneer Research Handbook in a burgeoning field mapping the multifaceted interlinkages between international migration and digital technology. This edited volume fills a huge gap in the current literature, providing the state of the art and exploring future avenues to better understand the profound impact of digital transformations upon the processes, patterns and politics of migration. While offering a rich array of topics, perspectives and disciplines, this Research Handbook illuminates the complexities and controversies surrounding digital technology as a facilitator and a disruptor of international migration. The reader will find insightful analyses of many topical issues, including the use of digital technology in migration research and analysis, its role as a tool of empowerment and agency of migrants across the migration cycle, the digitalization and automation of border control and population surveillance, and the spread of disinformation in the public debate. A must-read for anyone interested in the cutting-edge issues associated with migration and digital technology.’
– Vincent Chetail, Graduate Institute, Switzerland

‘This book is a must-read for everyone interested in the intersection between migration and digitalization. As the volume of data grows from expanding forms of technology, the implications for understanding migration are wide-ranging. Impressive in scope, this book offers us a lens for examining how data-driven technologies are reshaping migration in fundamental ways.’
– Katharine M. Donato, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University, US

‘This Research Handbook is a major advance in the study of the relationship between international migration and digital technology. Not only does it powerfully synthesize an emerging and hugely important field of research, but it also establishes new agendas for future enquiry.’
– Andrew Geddes, European University Institute, Italy

‘This is a much-needed Research Handbook on how the rapid evolution of digital technologies is changing international migration pathways and policies. Contributions to this volume highlight the challenges of advanced technologies for human rights violations, as well as the possibilities they open up for migrant connectivity across time and space. A must-have for students, researchers and media and policy professionals working in this field.’
– Anna Triandafyllidou, Ryerson University, Canada
Contributors
Contributors: Guy Abel, William Allen, Georgios A. Antonopoulos, Farah Azhar, Céline Bauloz, Laurie Berg, Jacqueline Bhabha, Abhishek Bhatia, Jenna Blower, Cecilia Cannon, Eileen Culloty, Valentin Danchev, Parisa Diba, Huub Dijstelbloem, Bassina Farbenblum, Ricardo Gomez, Roland Happ, G. 'Hari' Harindranath, Shaminda Kanapathi, Camille Kasavan, Binod Khadria, Angela Kintominas, Adrian Kitimbo, Emre Eren Korkmaz, Rey Koslowski, Koen Leurs, Sun Sun Lim, Nassim Majidi, Marie McAuliffe, Ratnam Mishra, Petra Molnar, Sarah Nell-Müller, Bryce Clayton Newell, Henrietta Nyamnjoh, Markus Ojala, Georgios Papanicolaou, Sam Peisch, Mason A. Porter, Franziska Reinhardt, Ibrahim L. Saïd, Albert Ali Salah, Adam Sawyer, Jane Suiter, Sara Vannini, Yang Wang, Arkadiusz Wiśniowski, Saskia Witteborn, Dilek Yildiz, Olga Zlatkin-Troischanskaia
Contents
Contents:

1 International migration and digital technology: an overview 1
Marie McAuliffe

PART I UNDERSTANDING MIGRATION PATTERNS AND
PROCESSES: DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND MIGRATION
RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS
2 Digital migration studies 15
Koen Leurs and Saskia Witteborn
3 Migration stocks and flows: data concepts, availability and comparability 29
Dilek Yildiz and Guy Abel
4 The roles and limitations of data science in understanding international
migration flows and human mobility 42
Marie McAuliffe and Adam Sawyer
5 The practice and politics of migration data visualization 58
William Allen
6 Migration networks: applications of network analysis to macroscale
migration patterns 70
Valentin Danchev and Mason A. Porter

PART II DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND THE ACT OF MOVING:
(IM)MOBILITY, BARRIERS AND BORDERS
7 Navigating borders/navigating networks: migration, technology and
social capital 92
Farah Azhar, Sara Vannini, Bryce Clayton Newell and Ricardo Gomez
8 Mobile data challenges for human mobility analysis and humanitarian response 107
Albert Ali Salah
9 Migrant smuggling and ICT: research advances, prospects and challenges 123
Georgios Papanicolaou, Parisa Diba and Georgios A. Antonopoulos
10 Robots and refugees: the human rights impacts of artificial intelligence
and automated decision-making in migration 134
Petra Molnar
11 Drones and border control: an examination of state and non-state actor
use of UAVs along borders 152
Rey Koslowski

PART III INTEGRATION, REINTEGRATION AND MIGRANTS’
(DIGITAL) (VIRTUAL) (TRANSNATIONAL) IDENTITIES
12 Migrant inclusion 4.0: the role of mobile tech 167
Céline Bauloz
13 Online technology for promoting the inclusion of refugees into higher
education: a systematic review of current approaches and developments 182
Franziska Reinhardt, Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, Roland Happ and Sarah
Nell-Müller
14 Using ICTs to be here and not ‘here’: African migrants and religious
transnationalism 195
Henrietta Nyamnjoh
15 ICTs and transnational householding: the double burden of polymedia
connectivity for international ‘study mothers’ 207
Yang Wang and Sun Sun Lim
16 In support of return and reintegration? A roadmap for a responsible use
of technology 220
Nassim Majidi, Camille Kasavan and G. Harindranath

PART IV CONNECTIVITY AND MIGRATION: TRENDS AND IMPACTS
17 Technology for engaging and empowering migrant workers 236
Angela Kintominas, Laurie Berg and Bassina Farbenblum
18 Mobile money and financial inclusion of migrants in sub-Saharan Africa 251
Adrian Kitimbo
19 The gender dimensions of technology in the context of migration and
displacement: a critical overview 267
Ibrahim L. Saïd
20 Mobility of tech professionals in the world economy: the case of Indian
entrepreneurialism in the United States 284
Binod Khadria and Ratnam Mishra
21 Transnational families and technology: trends, impacts and futures 300
Jacqueline Bhabha, Abhishek Bhatia and Sam Peisch

PART V MIGRATION, TECHNOLOGY AND PUBLIC DEBATES
22 How online disinformation and far-right activism is shaping public
debates on immigration 316
Eileen Culloty and Jane Suiter
23 The role of networked publics in immigration debates 330
Markus Ojala
24 Using new media platforms for human rights advocacy in real-time:
people seeking asylum in Nauru and Papua New Guinea 344
Cecilia Cannon and Shaminda Kanapathi

PART VI DIGITAL MIGRATION FUTURES
25 Technological transformations in migration processes: spatiality,
temporality and agency 361
Huub Dijstelbloem
26 Migration forecasting using new technology and methods 376
Arkadiusz Wiśniowski
27 Ahead of the policy curve: migrants harnessing tech to survive 393
Emre Eren Korkmaz
28 Migration, mobility and digital technology in a post-COVID-19 world:
initial reflections on transformations underway 406
Marie McAuliffe and Jenna Blower

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