Previous research on transnational migration and information and communication technologies (ICTs) demonstrated how ICTs shape transnational social relationships. What remains less explored is how ICTs shape spatial dimensions of such relationships. Also, international educational migrants constitute a substantial part of transnational migration flow, yet their everyday lives are not well studied. Building upon material semiotic scholarship, we examine how ICTs shape socio-spatial dimensions of transnational relationships in the lives of educational migrants and the impacts that such relationships have on their everyday lives. This research is based on the empirical exploration of 21 in-depth interviews with educational migrants who came from Central Asian and African countries to the Netherlands. We show that spatial relationships, such as co-presence and distance, are not naturally ‘given’ but instead enacted in heterogeneous communication practices of educational migrants and these relationships produce both enabling and constraining effects on their everyday lives.
Van Der Horst, H., Shadymanova, J., & Sato, C. (2019). Educational Migrants, ICTs and Socio-Spatial Relationships: Establishing Presence from a Distance. Journal of Asian and African Studies, 54(4), . https://doi.org/10.1177/0021909618825277