The data gathered during the research reveals four ways in which this happens: 1) using social media helps migrants to maintain strong ties with family and friends, lowering the threshold for migration; 2) social media can provide a means of communication with weak ties that are relevant when organising the process of migration and settlement; 3) using social media establishes a new infrastructure consisting of latent ties; 4) social media are a rich source of unofficial insider knowledge on migration. The paper concludes that social media are transforming migration networks and thereby lowering the threshold for migration.
Paper from THEMIS project on social media and migration
27 November 2012
This paper argues that social media transform migrant networks and thereby facilitate migration