Migration Streams - The Role of Social Media in Migration

By Kristina Goetz 

I am interested in learning more about how social media plays a role in migration. As a child of the internet and having lived in two areas of the world that depend heavily on tourism and migration, this topic is very important to me. I would like to learn more about the chemicals which are released when viewing things on social media, and how these chemicals play into the facilitation of the movement of people across the globe. Does social media play an explicit role in motivating migration, and the integration of new migrants? How does social media effect the transformation of migrant networks? Is there a difference in the neurons released while viewing something you like vs. you do not like on social media? And, how can the activation of these neurochemicals influence the migration of people?