How is technology changing the patterns, practice and politics of migration? And how is technology being deployed in refugee camps, in ways that might empower or disempower migrants? What data is being collected about migrants, how is it being used and who is controlling it?
Migrants using smart phones to map out routes, connect with compatriots in host cities and link up with smugglers was common imagery during the Syrian refugee crisis. But the situation is far from similar in other regions. Much of migration is happening within regions rather than from poorer countries to richer countries (despite what the media typically presents). This raises questions around how migration disputes might be regulated (eg between migrant and broker), including the role of customary or sharia law, the evolving role of mobile money and hawalas in intersecting with brokers, and the ways technology alters relationships between protection service providers (eg ICRC) and migrants.