The Empowered Refugee: The Smartphone as a Tool of Resistance on the Journey to Europe

  • Katja Kaufmann Austrian Academy of Sciences and Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt
Keywords: Smartphone, mobile media, refugee studies, qualitative interviews

Abstract

For refugees from crisis regions in the Middle East, smartphones have proven to be useful on their journey to and through Europe. The paper presents results from an interview study with Syrian refugees who arrived in Austria in 2015 on how they actually used the devices on the move. It becomes apparent that smartphones are not only pragmatic tools, but actually change power relations between refugees and both smugglers and authorities.
Published
2016-10-31
How to Cite
Kaufmann, K. (2016). The Empowered Refugee: The Smartphone as a Tool of Resistance on the Journey to Europe. AoIR Selected Papers of Internet Research, 6. https://doi.org/10.5210/spir.v6i0.9034
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