Women Refugees’ Media Usage: Overcoming Information Precarity in Germany

Miriam Berg*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study examines how women refugees in Hamburg, Germany, many arriving either as minors or unaccompanied minors (now young adults), managed to overcome information precarity resulting from limited access to the internet and/or traditional media, while experiencing constantly-changing living conditions. Findings from 32 semi-structured interviews with refugee women from various countries show that their perception of precarity was amplified by limited internet access. Refugee women actively sought to overcome this precarity, exhibiting resourcefulness in finding ways to access the internet, digital media, and information and communication technology tools. This study does not exclusively focus on mobile phone use, but the findings indicate that mobile phones represent a lifeline for refugee women that is as vital as food or shelter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-139
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022


  • Germany
  • Women refugees
  • media usage
  • mobile phones
  • precarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Demography
  • Geography, Planning and Development


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