Digital Migration

Koen Leurs

Omslag boek Digital Migration van Koen Leurs

Out now! Digital Migration, by Koen Leurs with Sage Publishing. In contemporary discussions on migration, digital technology is often seen as a 'smart' disruptive tool. Bringing efficiencies to management, and safety to migrants. But the reality is always more complex. Critical yet hopeful, Koen Leurs opens up the unequal power relations at the heart of digital migration studies, challenging us to imagine more just alternatives.

Digital Migration

The book offers a comprehensive and impassioned account of the relationship between digital technology and migration. From ‘top-down’ governmental and corporate shaping of the migrant condition, to the ‘bottom-up’ of digital practices helping migrants connect, engage and resist.

Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Digital Migration explores:

  •     The power relations of digital infrastructures across migrant recruitment, transportation and communication.
  •     Migrant connections and the use of digital devices, platforms and networks.
  •     Dominant digital representations of migrants, and how they’re resisted.
  •     The affect and emotion of digital migration, from digital intimacy to transnational family life.
  •     How histories of pre and early-digital migration help us situate and rethink contemporary research.
  •     The realities of researching digital migration, including interviews with leading international researchers.


"A revelation for digital researchers and a provocation for migration scholars… It introduces an insightful, inspiring, and inviting way of making sense of the messiness without losing hope of changing things."
- Nishant Shah, Chinese University of Hong Kong

"A must read for everyone who is concerned with questions of human mobility, media and communications and the digital border."
- Myria Georgiou, LSE

"A much-needed addition to scholarship on mobility, technology, and migration… The book is poised to become a touchstone text."
- C.L. Quinan University of Melbourne

About the author

Koen Leurs is an Associate Professor in Gender, Media and Migration Studies at the Graduate Gender Program, Department of Media and Culture at Utrecht University. He is the chair of the Governing the Digital Society special interest group Digital Migration.

All author royalties for the book will be donated to the Alarm Phone, a hotline for boatpeople in distress.