Characterizing the mobile phone use patterns of refugee hosting provinces in Turkey

Erika Frydenlund, Meltem Y. Sener, Ross Gore, Christine Boshuijzen - van Burken, Engin Bozdag, Christa DeKock

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We use coarse-grained mobile phone data from a large Turkish mobile phone provider and cross-reference this data with social media data and a qualitatively composed violent events list to explore the integration of refugees
in Turkey. The data provides grounds for fruitful future research. It suggests that border communities with the refugee sending country have much different communications patterns than non-border communities. Additionally, proximity to refugee camps may increase negative sentiment on social media towards refugees, which we suggest may be a proxy for understanding ‘compassion fatigue.’ These findings provide directions for future research on integration.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Data for Refugees Challenge Workshop, 21 January 2019, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey.
PublisherBogazici University
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2019
EventData for Refugees Challenge Workshop - Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 21 Jan 201921 Jan 2019


WorkshopData for Refugees Challenge Workshop
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