Impact of Mobile Phones on Integration: Case of Refugees in South Africa

  • Kevin Allan Johnston University of Cape Town
  • Kasky Bisimwa Bacishoga University of Cape Town
Keywords: Mobile phones, refugees, Social integration, South Africa

Abstract

This study used a qualitative approach in the form of interviews to investigate the impact of Mobile phones in enhancing the integration of refugees into South Africa. A social integration framework was used with particular attention to its three dimensions, namely the economic, social and cultural, and political participation. Thematic analysis was used to analyse the data. The study found that mobile phone usage played an important role in the social integration process of refugees. Mobile phones, contribute to a number of expected outcomes of social and economic participation, but fewer of political participation.

Author Biographies

Kevin Allan Johnston, University of Cape Town

Kevin Johnston is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. email: kevin.johnston@uct.ac.za

 

Kasky Bisimwa Bacishoga, University of Cape Town
Kasky Bisimwa Bacishoga is a PhD student in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. email: kaskymiami@yahoo.fr
Published
2013-12-05
How to Cite
Johnston, K., & Bacishoga, K. (2013). Impact of Mobile Phones on Integration: Case of Refugees in South Africa. The Journal of Community Informatics, 9(4). Retrieved from http://ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/article/view/933