(08/11/2011) A research project funded by the European Commission has launched an online survey to see how immmigrants use new information and communication technologies. Participants are asked how they use the Internet and mobile phones to talk with friends, to find information, to get a job, and to participate in the local community and wider society. The survey takes 15 minutes to complete, and one in ten respondents will receive 15 minutes of free phone calls as a reward.
The survey is anonymous and will be open until the end of the year. Anyone who is part of the immigrant community, and living in the following 8 EU Member States: Austria, Czech Republic, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom, is invited to participate by filling in the questionnaire.
The European Commission sees new information and communications technologies as having great potential to help immigrant communities participate more fully in society, through improved learning, social life, and employment. In order to determine the best policies to help achieve these goals, the EU has funded ConnectIEM, a research project focused on obtaining, for the first time, statistically representative and cross-country comparable data on the information and communication technologies (ICT) skills, access and usage of the main migration groups.
The project will explore the relationship between new technologies and integration processes of migrant populations, and develop evidence-based policy recommendations aimed at improving the contribution of ICTs to the participation of immigrant communities in society.
Click here to take part in the survey.