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Social integration in an increasingly digital world : how do refugees in the Netherlands think about the opportunities derived from Information and Communication Technologies?

Massmann, B. (2018) Social integration in an increasingly digital world : how do refugees in the Netherlands think about the opportunities derived from Information and Communication Technologies?

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Abstract:In recent years, the European Union has witnessed a so-called ‘refugee crisis’. In order to somehow manage this enormous influx of newcomers, one of the measures of the EU concerns the promotion of the integration of these persons. In the Netherlands, this focus on integration as well as the challenges connected to the process are clearly visible. By means of conducting interviews with refugees in the Netherlands, in this study it is investigated if and how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) help refugees with regards to their integration in a new host-society, taking into account the role of the so-called ‘digital divide’. Does having access to such digital technologies enables them to overcome particular difficulties or limitations? Which opportunities does it provide them? Or does it, by contrast, stimulate them to isolate themselves from other host-society members? On the one hand, the findings show that ICTs can undoubtedly be considered as helping tools. On the other, they also show that we should not forget the importance of other, more personal, factors.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/75812
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