The section explores ways in which open source information, and specifically social media can be used in order to improve the understanding and response of security practitioners in the field of migration. Topics include advantages and disadvantages of using information from social media for law-enforcement/intelligence-related purposes as well as an in-depth exploration of the type of insights that social media content can provide to security practitioners. The main emphasis is on the analytical component (e.g. integrating open-source information into intelligence analysis products addressing migration), though the challenges of data collection are also briefly addressed (e.g. building a directory of sources, source verification). In addition to identifying practices and useful resources this section also discusses different applications of using open source information for migration-related analysis.
To study migrants’ assimilation – calculating an assimilation score that could serve as a proxy for the assimilation of a group of migrants to a
True identification; There is evidence of users creating fake profiles on purpose, to steal other’s identities or to engage in ‘cyber-bullying’. This limits the possibility
Migrants use pictures shared on Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber to showcase their life in the country of destination. These images not only reassure family members
In some countries, migration-discouraging campaigns have been launched. In Senegal, for example, a state-initiated information campaign was introduced to warn potential migrants of the dangers
Migration-Related Risks Caused by Misconceptions of Opportunities and Requirement