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

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 this project, we assess the feasibility of data collection via smartphones among refugees in Germany. While using smartphones to collect mobile 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 novel approach that requires thorough empirical testing. The project provides 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.

Project Team: Florian Keusch, Mariel Leonard, Christoph Sajons (IMF - University of Mannheim), Susan Steiner (Center for Evaluation and Development)