Modernizing Migration Measures: Combining Survey and Tracking Data Collection Among Asylum-Seeking Refugees

Research question/goal: 

Collecting information about refugees is necessary to guide policy makers in creating sustainable integration concepts and to increase the scientific understanding of migration and integration processes in general. However, interviewing refugees in immigration reception centres and following them in a longitudinal study can be difficult. In the proposed project, we want to assess the feasibility of data collection via smartphones among refugees in Germany. While using smartphones to collect web survey data has become increasingly popular over the last couple of years, combining these data with automatic tracking of online behaviour and geolocation of the smartphone is a brand new approach that requires thorough empirical testing. The project will provide both methodological insight into how to utilize smartphone data collection (combining survey and tracking data) and much-needed scientifically based knowledge on the needs, aspirations, and life circumstances of refugees in Germany. The results from this project will suggest future avenues for general data collection procedures using smartphones. In addition, the findings of this feasibility study will help us expand data collection efforts among refugees via smartphones to a more comprehensive study on a larger scale.

Current stage: 

The results from our 2017 feasibility study on data collection using smartphones among refugees have been published (online first) in Sociological Methods & Research. Based on the findings from the study, we will submit a grant proposal to the DFG for funding of further studies including larger samples in early 2020.

Fact sheet

2016 to 2020
in preparation
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Primary data collection
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