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Social Network and in Kinship International Migration

Christidis, Les (2016): Social Network and in Kinship International Migration. Published in: Pacific Journal of Migration and Development , Vol. 25, No. 2 (2016): pp. 1-13.


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Kinship, religious and other social networks play a key role in the decision to migrate, and in determining migration journeys and return. This includes the role of family members in host countries, who may encourage prospective migrants through remittances and information. Migrants proactively seek information from broader networks and are exposed to information through mass media, word of mouth and social media. Technology has changed the ways in which social networks operate in relation to migration. TV and mobile technology remain a main source of information for migrants, but recent evidence points to the increasing role of online and social media. Internet-based technology and social media are putting different groups of migrants and non-migrant populations in direct contact. However, the documentation on the use of mobile social media is almost exclusively confined to Syrians. Local social networks often involve ties with other migrants, and with smugglers. Migrants often provide each other with reciprocal support for day-to-day subsistence, sharing food and accommodation, as well as information on travel routes and destinations. These local networks are often informal and kept ‘under the radar’.

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