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Current methodological approaches in studying the use of advanced digital technologies in migration management (2023)

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April 19, 2024

Technology is becoming a bigger part of how countries and organizations manage migration. This paper offers an early review of academic and gray literature on the use of advanced digital technologies (ADTs) in migration management processes. The primary focus of this review is literature that discusses migration management technologies - ADTs used by institutional actors (governments, NGOs, transnational institutions).

It breaks down the information into four main topics:

  1. the research methods used
  2. the types of technologies
  3. the purposes these technologies serve, and
  4. how they affect migrants.

The report highlights key trends and suggests areas that need more study. It also introduces a tool called the Migration Tech Tracker. This tool helps people see how technology is currently used in managing migration, what’s being most talked about, and which technologies are not getting much attention yet. The overall goal is to better understand how technology is shaping the way we handle migration issues.

The paper leverages the information from the Tracker to both indicate where and how emerging technologies are being used to govern migrants and simultaneously to identify ADTs that are being analyzed, reported on and researched and those that remain underexplored.

Summary

Technology is becoming a bigger part of how countries and organizations manage migration. This paper offers an early review of academic and gray literature on the use of advanced digital technologies (ADTs) in migration management processes. The primary focus of this review is literature that discusses migration management technologies - ADTs used by institutional actors (governments, NGOs, transnational institutions).
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