Asylum-Related Migrants’ Social-Media Use, Mobility Decisions, and Resilience

Maria Merisalo, Jussi S. Jauhiainen

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    The article examines asylum-related migrants’ social-media use along their asylum journeys. In total, 2,454 migrants from 37 countries answered a semistructured survey conducted in Jordan; Turkey; Iran; and in the European “hotspots,” Lesvos, Greece, and Lampedusa, Italy. Of the respondents, 83% used at least one social-media service in their current locations, 55% acknowledged that social media makes their asylum-related life easier, and 51% responded that social media helped them decide where to move to in Europe. Migrants’ socioeconomic and demographic differences, social capital, and future views explain their social-media use in relation to their mobility decisions and resilience.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)184-198
    JournalJournal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2021
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    The main funding agency of this research is Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland (Grant No. 303617).


    • Asylum
    • migrant
    • mobility
    • refugee
    • social media
    • social networks


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