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Social Media and Migration Research

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  • McGregor, E.
  • Siegel, M.

    (UNU-MERIT)

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The use of internet technologies in daily life has risen dramatically in recent years, increasing researchers interest in how social media such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are changing social realities and potentially facilitating innovative research methodologies. As technology and migration are considered prominent drivers of the globalization processes, the increasing interest of migration researchers isunsurprising. Nevertheless, given the relative youth of research in this field, approaches to the topic differ. By taking a step back and viewing the literature from a wide range of disciplines, this paper provides a broad overview of the current state of research on migration and social media in four key areas 1 the use of social media to trigger and facilitate migration in both positive networks and negative ways human trafficking; 2 the role of social media and migrant integration; 3 the use of social media in diaspora engagement; and 4 the use of social media in conducting migration research. This paper adds to the literature by being the first systematic review of the topic.

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  • McGregor, E. & Siegel, M., 2013. "Social Media and Migration Research," MERIT Working Papers 068, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
  • Handle: RePEc:unm:unumer:2013068
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    Keywords

    International Migration; Media; Information and Internet Services; Economic Development; Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration; Technological Change; Diffusion Processes; Technological Innovation;

    JEL classification:

    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • L86 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Information and Internet Services; Computer Software
    • L82 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Entertainment; Media
    • Q55 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Technological Innovation

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