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  • „The smartphone is my hope“
  • Master's
  • This exploratory qualitative research attempts to dig into a new scientific standpoint of
    virtual communication, mobilisation and transnationalism practised in the social media
    by Icelandic refugees and asylum seekers who have been travelling thousands of
    kilometres away from their home countries to seek refuge in Iceland, which is a sparsely
    populated island that is located far away from other European borders. The rational
    choices of travelling to Iceland is explored through the means and modes of socio-virtual
    tendencies, how information through the social media determine the choice of travelling
    to Iceland through expectations generated by commercialised tourist media platforms,
    what expectations the refugees and asylum seekers have on Iceland prior to their arrival,
    and what kind of reality that they are living in the country. This research emphasises on
    the hermeneutical approach through various types of qualitative methods combining
    micro causalities between rational choices and virtual behaviour to understand the
    rationale of asylum seekers targeting a country like Iceland. This research aims to be
    exploratory and proposes new kind of methodological approaches through socio-virtual
    science based on the reflection of existing methodological and ethical guidelines and
    through the encouragement of innovation in social sciences today.

  • Jan 13, 2021
  • http://hdl.handle.net/1946/37456

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