New media are extensively used by the asylum seekers.

Asylum Seekers Online

File
Anastasia Goana
21/06/2018

Asylum seekers from all over the globe flee to Europe in an attempt to escape the war and dictatorship in countries like Syria, Libya and Nepal. Particularly in the 21st century, smartphones and various applications are being used during the course of their journey and upon arrival in Europe. It has been observed that the use of social media has been a double-edged sword. Facebook, for instance, has been used to organize various initiatives with a view to aiding asylum seekers and refugees upon their arrival but also, it has been used by citizens to coordinate protests against them. Furthermore, the internet and social media can also serve as effective tools of surveillance by various governments and other organizations. The aim of this file is to explore the matter from the points of view of asylum seekers, refugees, academics, researchers, and refugee center workers. 

A Heart for Refugees in Ghent

Paper
berfin karakecili
16/09/2016
5 minutes to read

Een hart voor vluchtelingen Gent [A heart for refugees in Ghent]” is an initiative that provides customized aid to asylum seekers. The organization was started and spreaded around through Facebook. 

New media are extensively used by the asylum seekers.

Asylum Seekers Online

Article
Jolanda van Grunsven
08/11/2018
2 minutes to read

Migration is very much influenced by the digital age. Many asylum seekers find the information they want and need online. How does the age of digitalization affect the way migration works in the 21st century?

Asylum Seekers Online

Asylum Seeker Apps

Article
Jolanda van Grunsven
08/11/2018
7 minutes to read

There are many available apps that target asylum seekers and refugees specifically. To get an idea of these apps we have taken a closer look at some of these apps and their functions. We have also spoken to some of the makers of these apps.

Information Precarity and Surveillance

Article
Sukran Ceren Salali
16/09/2016
6 minutes to read

In this essay, it is discussed how social media are used as a way for asylum seekers to find the safest routes for leaving their home country as well as how they, as social media users, are exploited by control mechanisms.

Oisterwijk Refugee centre. Oisterwijk AZC

A chat with Vincent of the Oisterwijk Asylum Seekers Center

Interview
Addes Tesfamariam
19/08/2016

A lot is known about the refugee issue: numbers, countries involved and their different policies. Little is known about asylum seekers once they have reached Europe. This is an insight into the life in a refugee center

The Voice from Academia

Paper
Sukran Ceren Salali
19/08/2016
18 minutes to read

Paul Mutsaers is a Tilburg University researcher. For our file on Asylum Seekers Online, Diggit Magazine has interviewed Dr. Mutsaers to give voice opinion of academics on asylum-seekers crisis.

An entrance to the refugee center in Oisterwijk.

One day in a Dutch center for asylum seekers

Article
Monika Nemcová
19/08/2016
4 minutes to read

Currently housing around 300 asylum seekers and refugees, Oisterwijk refugee center has been a temporary home to such people for 13 years. They have opportunities to develop themselves in various ways while living there.

Temporary home of Hasan in Tilburg

Smartphone apps help asylum seekers find their way

Article
Monika Nemcová
08/11/2018
4 minutes to read

A Syrian father underwent a long journey to the Netherlands with the help of his smartphone. Currently living in Tilburg, he does not expect Syria to return to its pre-war state soon.