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Social media usage among refugees : a tool for integration?

Groenewold, T.B. (2018) Social media usage among refugees : a tool for integration?

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Abstract:With this research I have investigated whether social media is a tool for Syrian refugees which could benefit them in their integration process in their host country. The meaning of integration is something that is heavily disputed among scholars and in the media. The concept can be defined as a one way process of assimilation or as a two way process where the refugees are allowed to keep their own identity. The different factors that could contribute to the integration process of the Syrian refugees were observed to be influenced by their respective social media usage. The literature shows that social media can affect the integration process of refugees both positively and negatively. My qualitative data reveals that the Syrian refugees do use social media as a tool for most of the factors that can contribute to their integration into their new host society. These factors range from language skills to obtaining the cultural knowledge as well as maintaining social connections.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 71 sociology, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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