Does ICT Play a Role in Facilitating Migration?

by Bilol Buzurukov


The methodological approach of this study builds on examining the impact of information and communication technologies (ICT) on international migration. The advent of Internet and widespread use of mobile phones has dramatically changed the means of information access and global communication. Controlled for theoretically and empirically justified determinants of migration, the regression results suggest that the growing numbers of Internet and mobile phone users significantly raise the odds of forced migration. In other words, the means of new digital technologies give people unlimited access to rich online contends and opportunities to easy contact with relatives and friends in distant places, which facilitate migration processes by lowering costs and risks of relocation.