ICTs and Migration: The Mapping of an Emerging Area of Research

By Simon Collin.

Published by The Technology Collection

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This article aims to paint a picture of migration and information and communication technologies (ICTs), from both a scientific and social perspective. We first outline the relevance of this area of research by pointing out that technology is necessary for the integration of migrants in two respects: 1) as an inherent aspect of Western society, technology plays a vital role not only in the social integration of migrants, but also in their professional and language integration; 2) as an integration tool, technology represents an important means for migrants to access a range of services and, in turn, opportunities for empowerment within the host society. A characterization chart of formal and informal devices using ICTs in relation to migration is used to illustrate current social trends addressing this issue. We then describe the different scientific fields and concepts related to migration and ICTs. We conclude by proposing some promising avenues for future research on migration and ICTs.

Keywords: ICTs, Migrants, Mobility, Interconnection

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.65-78. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 999.460KB).

Prof. Simon Collin

Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Quebec in Montreal, Montreal, Canada

Simon Collin, M.Sc., Ph.D., is a professor of French as a foreign language in the Faculty of education of the University of Quebec in Montreal. He is also a research member of le Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la formation et la profession enseignante (CRIFPE). His academic training and his research interests have delt with second language teaching and learning, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and social and linguistic integration of immigrants. He has already taken part in many national or international research projects and has published serveral academic and pedagogical works.

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