Migrants' information practices and use of social media in Ireland: networks and community.

Lee Komito, Jessica Bates

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Migrants, having left their home society and community, often depend on electronic modes of communication to maintain contacts with distant friends and relations. Their practicesillustrate the affordances provided by social media when face to face communication is not available. This paper describes the information and communication practices of Polish and Filipino nationals in Ireland, based on interviews with over sixty-five migrants in 2009. Migrants display increased dependence on the Internet as an information source and use various electronic media to maintain significant contacts with friends and relations in theirhome societies. Social media (including Web 2.0) practices have an impact on long distance relations that previous technologies have not had, due to differences in the way these technologies are utilized. Social media usage is a passive monitoring thatcomplements the active communication of first generation technologies; this monitoring creates a background awareness and presence in terms of which active communication takes place, which facilitates bonding as well as bridging capital. This enablesresilient and durable transnational links, while also facilitating greater mobility for migrants.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of iConference 2011
Place of PublicationSeattle, WA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Print)978-4503-0121
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Feb 2011


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