Five Questions for Digital Migration Studies: Learning From Digital Connectivity and Forced Migration In(to) Europe

Koen Leurs, Kevin Smets
2018 Social Media + Society  
This Special Collection "Forced migration and digital connectivity in(to) Europe" historicizes, contextualizes, empirically grounds, and conceptually reflects on the impact of digital technologies on forced migration. In this introductory essay, we elaborate digital migration as a developing field of research. Taking the exceptional attention for digital mediation within the recent so-called "European refugee crisis" as a starting point, we reflect on the main conceptual, methodological and
more » ... cal challenges for this emerging field and how it is taking shape through interdisciplinary dialogues and in interaction with policy and public debate. Our discussion is organized around five central questions: (1) Why Europe? (2) Where are the field and focus of digital migration studies? (3) Where is the human in digital migration? (4) Where is the political in digital migration? and (5) How can we de-center Europe in digital migration studies? Alongside establishing common ground between various communities of scholarship, we plea for non-digital-media-centric-ness and foreground a commitment toward social change, equity and social justice.
doi:10.1177/2056305118764425 fatcat:75c3icpnvjhhnnqy6vv7ql3rfy