issues and experts

Mobile phones, migrants and marginalization

May 12, 2016

Mobile phones and other information and communication technologies play a tremendous role in shaping the experience of migrant groups in the Lower Mainland.

On May 12, Nanyang Technological University professor Dr. Arul Chib will deliver a free public lecture “Mobiles, Migrants and Marginalization: Negotiated Transformations” at 10 a.m. at SFU’s Vancouver campus.

The lecture will explore how mobile technologies shape the experience of migrant populations.  Communications technologies can be a lifeline for displaced people, however the ability of different groups to take advantage of mobile phones depends on local policies and programs.  Dr. Chib will address the challenges faced by Asian migrants to the lower mainland given local real estate tensions, as well as the process of integration and acculturation faced by recently arrived Syrian refugees.

Dr. Chib studies the contributions of information and communication technologies to development and social change. His research focuses on the role of mobile phones in transnational migration to developed countries, and mobile healthcare systems in resource-constrained environments. He oversees a global research capacity building program in numerous emerging economies of Africa, Asia and Latin America that is financed by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Dr. Chib can provide comment on the following topics:

  • Mobile phones and Syrian refugees
  • Mobile phones and Chinese or Asian migration
  • Communication technologies as an avenue for integration or acculturation

Call professor Katherine Reilly, Assistant Professor, School of Communication to arrange an interview with Dr. Chib. He is available to speak to media after 2pm on May 12 and all day May 13 in Vancouver.

Katherine Reilly, Communication, 604.561.8241,