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: 

A first feasibility study on data collection using smartphone technology was conducted among refugees living in temporary accommodation centres in three districts of Baden-Wuerttemberg in summer/fall of 2017. More than 500 refugees were personally interviewed and then invited to participate in four follow-up mobile web surveys and to download a smartphone app for passive mobile data collection. We are currently analysing the data from this first study and writing up the results. Based on these first findings, we are exploring next steps for funding of further studies that would include a larger sample.

Fact sheet

Funding: 
MZES
Duration: 
2016 to 2019
Status: 
in preparation
Data Sources: 
Primary data collection
Geographic Space: 
Germany

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