Mobility, migration and transnational connectivity

In an age of information overload and online connectivity, there is a sense that we are more closely linked globally than ever before. Routine activities in everyday lives are testament to a modern-day transnationalism. For example, e-mails written by people displaced by conflict can reach relatives in safer lands in real time, providing news of escapes and reassurance. Hard-earned money transferred back to family thousands of kilometres away buys much-needed food and supports access to education for the next generation. These types of everyday activities – sending e-mails, wiring cash, video-conferencing on smartphones, and downloading apps – have become an integral part of many people’s lives in recent years, dramatically increasing our access to information, places, capital, goods, people and ideas. More is available at our fingertips than ever before. Yet the degree of access and interconnectedness between and within communities and people varies significantly.

Related Subject(s): Migration
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