Several factors are taken into consideration when a migrant decides to leave their country in search of a better life, and the Internet seems to have a decisive role in this choice, indicated a recent study from McGill University.
According to this research published on December 14 in the journal “Population and Development Review”, countries with a high percentage of Internet users will tend to have more citizens who are willing to emigrate.
And on an individual level, the influence of the computer network would be felt more among women and people with a low level of education.
“Not only does the Internet give us access to more information, but it also allows us, through social media, to easily compare ourselves with other people living in other countries – often richer,” said Thursday. , by press release, Luca Maria Pesando, study co-author and assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and the Center for Population Dynamics at McGill University.
Focusing on the motives for migration, researchers at McGill University, Oxford University, University of Calabria and Bocconi University in Italy also observed that the Internet had played a role. determining both for political and economic migrants.
Thus, if economic migrants see access to information as an indication of a promising future in the country of destination, this same argument is put forward by asylum seekers and refugees, according to data collected. at the Sant’Anna Immigration Center in Italy.
“The digital revolution triggered by the advent of the Internet has transformed our societies, economies and lifestyles. Migration is no exception, ”concluded Pesando based on research conducted in nearly 160 countries.