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- migrants' digital practices in and of the european border regime


- migrants' digital practices in and of the european border regime

Despite the ‘digital turn’ in migration research, there has been a lack of studies focusing on migrants’ usages of information and communications technology (ICT). The interdisciplinary DIGINAUTS project sets out to investigate the digital navigation of migrants on arrival sites and en-route to Europe. The aim is to conceptually synthesize existing insights from Critical Border and Migration Studies, Social Media Studies, European Ethnology and Science and Technology Studies. By employing a set of mixed methods (combining ethnographic and digital approaches), the aim is to investigate how ICT, the digital practices of migrants as well as of aiding organisations and initiatives of the receiving countries intermediate and constitute new sociotechnical networks of community and solidarity, in turn re-enacting migrants as political subjects in/of the European border regime. Three sites have been selected for the ethnographic investigation of migrants’ digital practices:

  1. the Greek borderland (with a focus on the islands of Lesvos and Chios and the capital of Athens),
  2. the German-Danish border region and
  3. the Öresund region between Denmark and Sweden

Financially supported by 

Project description


Aalborg University: Martin Bak Jørgensen  |  Leandros Fischer
University of Copenhagen: Marie Sandberg  |  Nina Grønlykke Mollerup
IT University of Copenhagen: Vasilis Galis  |  Luca Rossi  |  Vasiliki Makrygianni 

Local research associates

Aristotle Tympas, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Vassilis Tsianos, University of Kiel
Anna Lundberg, University of Linköping, REMESO

Advisory board

Prof. Huub Dijstelbloem, University of Amsterdam
Prof. Sandro Mezzadra, University of Bologna
Dr. Ninna Nyberg Sørensen, Danish Institute for International Studies


PI Martin Bak Jørgensen
Phone: +45 9940 8390
Mobile: +45 2682 8856
Co-PI ITU Vasilis Galis
Co-PI KU Marie Sandberg