People and places: bridging the information gaps in refugee integration

Olubukola Oduntan, Ian Ruthven

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Abstract

This article discusses the sources of information used by refugees as they navigate integration systems and processes. The study used interviews to examine how refugees and asylum seekers dealt with their information needs, finding that information gaps were bridged through people and places. People included friends, solicitors, and caseworkers, whereas places included service providers, detention centers, and refugee camps. The information needs matrix was used as an analytical tool to examine the operation of sources on refuge-seekers' integration journeys. Our findings expand understandings of information sources and information grounds. The matrix can be used to enhance host societies' capacity to make appropriate information available and to provide evidence for the implementation of the information needs matrix.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Early online date10 May 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 May 2020

Keywords

  • information seeking
  • information needs
  • refugee integration
  • information behaviour

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