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Hussain, Faheem and Lee, Yenn (2021) 'Navigating Digital Borderscapes: A Case Study from Rohingya Refugee Settlements in Bangladesh.' Asiascape: Digital Asia, 8 (3). pp. 190-210.

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Abstract

Based on a case study of the lived experiences of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh between 2017 and 2019, this article focuses on displaced people’s digital needs and innovative efforts to navigate the challenges in their situation. The article first discusses the major barriers faced by Rohingya refugees in using various digital devices and platforms and how these obstacles adversely affect them in obtaining necessary information and humanitarian services. Our findings from the field highlight the uniquely important role that mobile repair shops in the camps play in providing online-offline hybrid solutions to circumvent restrictions imposed on the refugee community by the host government. The findings also show that different types of community leaders have emerged and that Rohingya women use digital means to push back against double discrimination. The article concludes with policy considerations related to the geopolitically transcendent issues of displacement, democracy, and digital rights.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Regional Centres and Institutes > Centre of Korean Studies
SOAS Doctoral School
ISSN: 22142304
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1163/22142312-bja10018
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2021 11:51
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/36119

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