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Using Twitter to investigate discourse on immigration: the role of values in expressing polarized attitudes toward asylum seekers during the closure of Roxham Road (2024)
Posted on: July 22, 2024
The research investigates how personal values influence the discourse on immigration, specifically regarding the closure of Roxham Road, an irregular border crossing between the United States and Canada. The study examines how the values of conservation (resistance to change) and self-transcendence (concern for others) are expressed in social media discussions, particularly on Twitter, and how these expressions correlate with sentiments about asylum seekers.
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Advanced Digital Technologies in Migration Management - A Review of Emerging Literature (2022)
Posted on: May 14, 2024
This research is about the use of advanced digital technologies (ADTs) in migration management. It explores how these technologies are being implemented and employed by state and non-state actors to manage migration processes, the types of technologies being used, their purposes, and the implications for migrants' rights, particularly privacy.
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Current methodological approaches in studying the use of advanced digital technologies in migration management (2023)
Posted on: 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).
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Promoting fairness in Canadian Immigration decisions: Report of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (2022)
Posted on: January 23, 2023
This report examines outcomes in Canadian immigration decisions and in the Canadian immigration system that may systematically and unjustifiably disadvantage certain populations based on characteristics such as race and country of origin.
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What Can Artificial Intelligence Do for Refugee Status Determination? A Proposal for Removing Subjective Fear (2022)
Posted on: January 23, 2023
This article argues that AI will only benefit refugees if it does not replicate the problems of the current system.
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Technological Testing Grounds - Migration Management Experiments and Reflections from the Ground Up (2020)
Posted on: May 15, 2022
This report offers the beginning of a systemic analysis of migration management technologies, foregrounding the experiences of people on the move who are interacting with and thinking about surveillance, biometrics, and automated decision-making during the course of their migration journeys.
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Leveraging Technology for Refugee Integration: How Can We Help? (2016)
Posted on: August 12, 2020
The question of how ICT can be deployed for refugees’ integration is difficult one to answer. This panel looked at how the knowledge accumulated by the IS community can be leveraged to design targeted technological solutions to tackle this crisis and avoid the potential risks associated with it.
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COVID-19, Migration and the Canadian Immigration System: Dimensions, Impact and Resilience (2020)
COVID-19, Migration and the Canadian Immigration System: Dimensions, Impact and Resilience (2020)
Posted on: July 30, 2020
This report identifies, documents and assesses the many ways that the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been affecting migration, borders, immigrant populations, and Canada’s immigration and settlement system between March, 2020 and June, 2020.
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On Digital Passages and Borders: Refugees and the New Infrastructure for Movement and Control
On Digital Passages and Borders: Refugees and the New Infrastructure for Movement and Control
Posted on: February 22, 2020
Since 2014, millions of refugees and migrants have arrived at the borders of Europe. This article argues that, in making their way to safe spaces, refugees rely not only on a physical but increasingly also digital infrastructure of movement.
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The end of the (Roxham) road: Seeking coherence on Canada’s border-migration compact
The end of the (Roxham) road: Seeking coherence on Canada’s border-migration compact
Posted on: December 18, 2019
This study proposes a cooperative strategy with the aim of sustaining a coherent border-migration compact between Canada and the United States.
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Enforcement and illegal migration
Enforcement and illegal migration
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Posted on: November 3, 2019
While empirical studies find that border and interior enforcement serve as deterrents to illegal immigration, immigration enforcement is costly and carries unintended consequences, such as a decrease in circular migration, an increase in smuggling, and higher prevalence of off-the-books employment and use of fraudulent and falsified documents.
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