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Social media use in migration research (webinar recording)

By: Marco Campana
June 10, 2021

Communication and information are an essential component of people’s lives. For migrants, the need to communicate and access information is essential to successfully complete their journeys, keep connected with family and friends back home, make new connections in their host country and access the right information to ease the transition into the host country.

On November 10, 2020 CERC Migration held a webinar to explore social media in migration research. Panelists addressed questions, such as:

  • How is social media being used by migrants before, during and after a migration event?
  • What are the opportunities for government agencies to use social media as a tool for communication and information, targeting migrants?
  • What are the ethical implications of using social media in the name of governance to monitor a vulnerable group such as refugees?

Speakers:

  • Panel chair, Stein Monteiro, Research Fellow, CERC Migration, Ryerson University
  • Social media and the transformation of migrant networks, Koen Leurs, Assistant Professor in Gender and Postcolonial Studies, Utrecht University
  • Governance of online media platforms and migrants that use these services, Earvin Charles Cabalquinto, Lecturer in Communication, Deakin University
  • Social network analysis in evidence-based decision making, Priya Kumar, Research Fellow, CERC Migration, Ryerson University
  • Utilizing social media in Canadian public administration, Maria Gintova, Lecturer in Policy Studies, Ryerson University

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