Characterizing the Mobile Phone Use Patterns of Refugee-Hosting Provinces in Turkey

Erika Frydenlund, Meltem Yilmaz Şener, Ross Gore, Christine Boshuijzen-van Burken, Engin Bozdag, Christa De Kock

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We use coarse-grained mobile phone data from a large Turkish mobile phone provider and cross-reference this data with social media data and a qualitatively composed violent events list to explore the integration of refugees in Turkey. The data provides grounds for fruitful future research. It suggests that border communities with the refugee-sending country have much different communications patterns than non-border communities. Additionally, proximity to refugee camps may increase negative sentiment on social media toward refugees, which we suggest may be a proxy for understanding “compassion fatigue.” These findings provide directions for future research on integration.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGuide to Mobile Data Analytics in Refugee Scenarios
Subtitle of host publicationThe 'Data for Refugees Challenge' Study
EditorsAlbert Ali Salah, Alex Pentland, Bruno Lepri, Emmanuel Letouzé
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783030125547
ISBN (Print)9783030125530
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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