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Mobile resources for integration: how availability meets the needs of newly arrived Arabic-speaking migrants in Sweden

Conference paper
Authors Nataliya Berbyuk Lindström
Sylvana Sofkova Hashemi
Lorna Bartram
Linda Bradley
Published in CALL in a climate of change: adapting to turbulent global conditions – short papers from EUROCALL 2017
Publisher Voillans France: Research-publishing.net
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Education, Communication and Learning
Department of Applied Information Technology (GU)
Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies
Language en
Keywords integration, Arabic, migrants, mobile learning, Sweden
Subject categories Communication Studies, Arabic language, Swedish language, Pedagogy, Information Systems, Social aspects

Abstract

The paper reports on the availability and use of mobile resources by newly arrived Arabic migrants in Sweden, and how the resources meet migrants’ integration needs. Analysis of websites and applications (hereafter apps) in combination with focus group interviews is used. Results show that though a variety of resources are available, translation and vocabulary apps are primarily used. Possible reasons are lack of connection in language training resources to migrants’ immediate needs such as employment and education, accommodation, contact with locals and societal information (Ager & Strang, 2008). Cultural differences might be influential for Arabic-speakers’ low use of chat apps for communication with locals.

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