Special Issue "The Promise and Perils of Big Data and AI for Migration"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This special issue belongs to the section "International Migration".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 July 2022 | Viewed by 438

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Carlos Arcila Calderón
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Guest Editor
Department of Sociology and Communication, University of Salamanca, 37007 Salamanca, Spain
Interests: migration; social media; big data; hate speech; ICT adoption; journalism
Dr. Tuba Bircan
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Guest Editor
Interface Demography, Department of Sociology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium
Interests: migration; equal opportunities; gender; social and public policies; big data and AI for societal challenges; mixed methods

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Migration and human mobility studies have experienced an unprecedent era of accessibility to data and availability of sophisticated methods to produce insights. Specifically, big data (BD) and artificial intelligence (AI) provide a wide range of empirical and theoretical inputs to understand how and why people move and what the consequences of this social event are. These new attempts to use BD and AI to understand human mobility and migration are promising and pioneering steps for migration research, but this combination is still in its infancy. Moreover, some of the benefits of these approaches are controversial given the limitations of the methods (i.e., interpretability or bias of the algorithms, etc.) and the legal/ethical concerns that are involved. 

This Special Issue covers a wide range of topics that investigate the advance of BD and AI as a means to better understand various aspects of migration. These topics within the migration framework include (but are not necessary limited to): harnessing BD for migration and human mobility; case studies utilizing different BD sources (mobile phone, internet based, social media, remote sensing, financial big data, etc.) and/or AI techniques; developing indicators, predictive analytics, and forecasting with BD and AI methodologies; improving gaps in migration statistics with BD and/or AI techniques; bias in AI; humanitarian use of BD and AI; conceptual and legal aspects; social consequences of the implications of BD and new technologies; challenges and mitigation strategies; AI-supported decision making; border management and biometrics; blockchain technologies and digital identities; and the politics of BD and AI.

Prof. Dr. Carlos Arcila Calderón
Dr. Tuba Bircan
Guest Editors

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  • migration
  • migrants
  • refugees
  • big data
  • artificial intelligence
  • computational social sciences
  • ethics

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