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Migration Research in a Digitized World

Using Innovative Technology to Tackle Methodological Challenges

  • This open access book addresses the interface of international migration and digital innovation

  • Shows how technological innovations create new avenues for research on highly mobile populations

  • Enhances the quality of migration research by interconnecting migration scholarship with methodological expertise

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

Part of the book series: IMISCOE Research Series (IMIS)

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. New Data Sources and Their Potential

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 127-127
    2. Leveraging the Web for Migration Studies: Data Sources and Data Extraction

      • Sebastian Rinken, José Luis Ortega
      Pages 129-148Open Access
    3. Assessing Transnational Human Mobility on a Global Scale

      • Emanuel Deutschmann, Ettore Recchi, Michele Vespe
      Pages 169-192Open Access
    4. Google Trends as a Tool for Public Opinion Research: An Illustration of the Perceived Threats of Immigration

      • Reilly Lorenz, Jacob Beck, Sophie Horneber, Florian Keusch, Christopher Antoun
      Pages 193-206Open Access
    5. Conclusion: Migration Research in Times of Ubiquitous Digitization

      • Sebastian Rinken, Steffen Pötzschke
      Pages 207-220Open Access

About this book

This open access book explores implications of the digital revolution for migration scholars’ methodological toolkit. New information and communication technologies hold considerable potential to improve the quality of migration research by originating previously non-viable solutions to a myriad of methodological challenges in this field of study. Combining cutting-edge migration scholarship and methodological expertise, the book addresses a range of crucial issues related to both researcher-designed data collections and the secondary use of “big data”, highlighting opportunities as well as challenges and limitations. A valuable source for students and scholars engaged in migration research, the book will also be of keen interest to policymakers.


  • Quantitative migration research
  • Available administrative sources
  • Forced migrants in the global North and South
  • General population surveys
  • Reliable quantitative information
  • Migratory flows and populations
  • Sampling and data collection
  • Intercultural differences
  • Survey design issues
  • Absence of suitable sampling frames
  • Target population
  • Migration research
  • Internally displaced persons
  • Social networking sites
  • Internet survey
  • Data collection
  • Transnational human mobility
  • open access

Editors and Affiliations

  • GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Mannheim, Germany

    Steffen Pötzschke

  • Spanish Research Council (CSIC), Institute for Advanced Social Studies (IESA), Córdoba, Spain

    Sebastian Rinken

About the editors

Steffen Pötzschke is a postdoctoral researcher and deputy team leader of the GESIS Panel at the GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences in Mannheim (Germany). Furthermore, he is a corresponding member of the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (University of Osnabrück, Germany). Steffen holds a master’s degree in International Migration and Intercultural Relations and a doctorate (Dr. phil.) from the University of Osnabrück. Steffen participated in several migration research projects and has profound practical knowledge in designing and implementing cross-cultural surveys. In his recent research, he investigates the possibility of using social networking sites as tools to sample hard-to-reach populations.

Sebastian Rinken (PhD, European University Institute, 1996) is deputy director of the Spanish Research Council’s Institute for Advanced Social Studies (IESA-CSIC) in Córdoba. He has published widely on immigrant populations’ social integration and natives’ attitudes toward immigration and immigrants, addressing issues such as the relation between ideological polarization and anti-immigrant sentiment, as well as the methodological challenge of eluding social desirability bias, among many others. His methodological repertoire includes qualitative approaches, probability-based surveys, non-probability sampling for on-site and online surveys, and survey experiments.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Migration Research in a Digitized World

  • Book Subtitle: Using Innovative Technology to Tackle Methodological Challenges

  • Editors: Steffen Pötzschke, Sebastian Rinken

  • Series Title: IMISCOE Research Series

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-01318-8Published: 13 July 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-01321-8Published: 13 July 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-01319-5Published: 11 July 2022

  • Series ISSN: 2364-4087

  • Series E-ISSN: 2364-4095

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 220

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Human Migration, Migration Policy, Sociology of Migration

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)