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Telecommunications across borders: refugees' technology use during displacement

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posted on 01.05.2017, 05:12 by Leung, Linda
This article reports on recent research examining refugees as a particular user group of communication technologies. The term refugee refers to all people who are exposed to refugee-type experiences and may include displaced people, asylum seekers and resettled refugees who have been granted residency in Australia. A review of literature has found that refugees as technology users have had very little attention across different disciplines, although the research has shown that technology is key to sustaining emotional wellbeing and precarious connections with family members when displaced. In particular, the telephone is the most critical technology for refugees in terms availability and familiarity. However, the access and affordability of telecommunications services and other technologies during displacement impacts on refugees adoption and use of technology in the settlement process. Copyright 2010 Linda Leung. No part of this article may be reproduced by any means without the written consent of the publisher.


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Telecommunications Journal of Australia, vol. 60, no. 4 (2010), p. 58.1-58.13. ISSN 1835-4270