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Conference on ‘ICT and Migration: Mobility and Cohesion in the Digital Age’ 24 & 25 September 2009, Vienna, Austria

Stimulating the development of the European information society is a top priority of the European policy agenda, also with regard to immigrants and ethnic minorities (IEM).

In June 2006 the EU signed the Ministerial Declaration on ‘ICT [Information and Communication Technologies] for an inclusive information society‘ in Riga and, following on this, in 2007 the EC launched the European i2010 initiative on e-Inclusion: ‘To be part of the information society‘, underlining their commitment towards increasing the social and economic participation of IEM and the promotion of cultural diversity.

Apart from this distinctive political attention towards the creation of a knowledge-based society, research on the use of ICT has long been considered a topic on the margins of the social science and was left to specialised disciplines within the social sciences such as Media Studies and Informatics outside the social sciences.

Today, there is an increasing awareness amongst migration researchers for the far-reaching consequences for social life that the use of the new technologies imply (Bell 1985, Castells 2003). Social relations and social action, based on communication, are increasingly shaped and transformed by new technologies such as mobile phones or internet based applications (see, for instance, Youtube, Myspace, Facebook). The consequences of these technological innovations for how people socialize and work in trans-national pluri-ethnic societies are yet to explore. What we can observe is that ICT are of increasing relevance in every day life for both autochthonous and immigrant: in many areas the internet has substituted traditional ways of accessing core institutions of social life - work opportunities, education, housing, partner selection,.

The International Workshop ‘ICT and Migration: Mobility and Cohesion in the Digital Age’ aims at exploring how the societal life of migrants in both receiving countries and countries of origin is shaped by new technologies and how, in return, international migration phenomena impact on the development of ICT. The workshop is organised by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) within the framework of the cross-cluster initiative ‘ICT and Migration: Policies, Practices and Socio-Economic Implications (e-Migrants)‘ of the European Network of Excellence ‘International Migration, Integration, Social Cohesion’ (IMISCOE).

Conference Coordinator: Maren Borkert
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Workshop Contributions

State of the art
• ‘The state of the Art of Research in the EU on the Uptake and Use of ICT by Immigrants and Ethnis Minorities (IEM)’ by Maren Borkert, Pietro Cingolani and Viviana Premazzi
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Working group I: Connected Communities: Effects and Implications
• ‘The role of the internet for young immigrants' creation and use of capital’ by Julian Stubbe and Karsten Gareis
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• ‘The Romanina scientific E-diaspora: how Romanian scholars collaborate on the internet and effect change at home’ by Mihaela Nedelcu
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Working group II: ICT, Skills and the Economic Participation of Migrants

• ‘Social Networking through ‘Orkut’ among Indian IT professionals onsite in Belgium’ by Hannelore Roos
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• ‘The matriomonial Web of migrants: Doing Ethnic Business Otherwise’ by Dana Diminescu, Matthieu Renault and Mathieu Jacomy
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• ‘Getting ahead in the knowledge society: the role of basic digital competences in advancing employability outcomes for immigrant women in the European Union’ by Maria Garrido, Gabriel Rissola and Milvia Rastrelli
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• ‘ICT in domiciliary socio-health care delivery and migrant care workers: An exploratory study on four European countries’ by Stefano Kluzer, Christine Redecker, Jose A. Valverde and Clara Centeno
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Working group III: ICT for Development: Remittances and the Transfer of Knowledge,Skills and Technologies

• ‘ICT and Diaspora Networks, the case of Breton people in New York’ by Simon Le Bayon
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• ‘Skilled international migration, information technology communication and the development (ICT) of the country of origin: understanding the multiple meanings of the ICT in the context of globalization, migrations and localities’ by Ibrahima Amadou Dia
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• ‘Migration's impactas on Ghana's ICT sector: return, entrepreneurship and the importance of ‘peripheral migration’ by Linnet Taylor
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Panel discussion: ICT and Migration Governance: What strategies for the future?

• ‘ICT in migration governance: an example of the Polish Government's website for the returnees' by Maciej Szczepanski
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• ‘Radio 1812’ by Myriam Horngren
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• ‘Bridge IT network’ by Anas Le Corvec
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• ‘CSR@Microsoft Austria’ by Sonja Murczek
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• ‘IPTS research activities on ICT and migrants in the EU’ by Stefano Kluzer
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Publications

• Borkert, Maren & Cingolani, Pietro & Premazzi, Viviana: Study on the State of the Art of Research in the EU on the Uptake and Use of ICT by Immigrants and Ethnic Minorities (IEM), Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS)
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