Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011
The EU is sponsoring a new online survey to see how immigrant communities are using information and communications technologies (ICT) such as the Internet; web and social networking sites; mobile phones; smart phones and other mobile devices - and the effects of this use on their social, economic and cultural integration. The survey began on October 10th and will continue until the end of 2011.
Participants will be asked how they use the Internet and mobile phones to talk with friends, to find information, to get a job, and participate in the local community and wider society. The survey will only take 15 minutes to complete, and one in ten people who take part in the survey will receive 15 minutes of free phone calls as a reward.
The project is sponsored by the European Commission and the information will be used by the EU to help immigrant communities. Anyone who is part of the immigrant community is invited to participate by filling in the survey at http://www.15minutescloser.com.
The European Commission sees new information and communications technologies as having great potential to help immigrant communities participate more fully in society, through improved learning, social life, and employment. In order to determine the best policies to help achieve these goals, the EU has funded ConnectIEM, a research project focused on finding out about the ICTskills, access and usage of immigrants living in 8 EU Member States: Austria, Czech Republic, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.
There is further information about the research project at: www.connectiem.net.
This project is co-financed by the European Commission under the European Integration Fund and is supported by the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration in the Dept of Justice & Equality & Pobal.