Digital migration studies

Koen Leurs, Saskia Witteborn

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Digital migration studies is here taken to refer to an emerging interdisciplinary research area. It is concerned with ontological questions linked to the growing digitization and datafication of human mobilities within and across spatial scales. It is also concerned with methodological and ethical questions emerging from digital ways of studying these mobilities. Ontology, epistemology, and ethics are inherently related as “migrants” come into being as a category through spatial and legal moves, such as crossing borders, work visas, or refugee status determination. Migrants also come into being as datafied subjects. The digitalization of migrants and migration processes through top-down datafication and bottom-up digital connectivity results in a proliferation of datasets that provides new research and analysis of opportunities as well as challenges
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on International Migration and Digital Technology
EditorsMarie McAuliffe
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
ISBN (Electronic)9781839100611
ISBN (Print)9781839100604
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2021

Publication series

NameElgar Handbooks in Migration


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