Online Feedback in Migration Networks

R (Rianne) Dekker, Godfried Engbersen, Marije Faber

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Online media offer access to new social ties and information. It is argued that online feedback makes prospective migrants better informed and lowers the threshold for migration. This chapter studies (1) to what extent online feedback is exchanged and what the nature of this feedback is; (2) what determines whether settled migrants in destination countries are sending online feedback, and (3) how online feedback received by non-migrants influences their migration propensity. We found that online media have become rather popular means of communication in migration systems, but their use is mostly complementary to other communication technologies. Online feedback is not exclusively migration-encouraging but also examples of discouraging feedback were found. Whether migrants are sending online feedback is dependent on factors including age, level of education, future migration intentions and country of origin. The use of online media does not have an independent effect on their non-migrants’ migration propensity. This is probably due to the diverse nature of feedback that is exchanged online and the fact that online media are mostly used in combination with other communication technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBeyond Networks: Feedback in International Migration
EditorsO. Bakewell, G. Engbersen, M.L. Fonseca, C. Horst
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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