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The Impact of e-Skills on the Settlement of Iranian Refugees in Australia

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IJELLO Volume 13, Number 1, ISSN 1552-2237 Publisher: Informing Science Institute


Aim/Purpose: The research investigates the impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) on Iranian refugees’ settlement in Australia. Background: The study identifies the issues of settlement, such as language, cultural and social differences. Methodology: The Multi-Sited Ethnography (MSE), which is a qualitative methodology, has been used with a thematic analysis drawing on a series of semi-structured interviews with two groups of participants (51 Iranian refugees and 55 people with a role in assisting refugees). Contribution: The research findings may enable the creation of a model for use by the Aus-tralian Government with Iranian refugees. Findings: The findings show the vital role ICT play in refugees’ ongoing day-to-day life towards settlement. Recommendations for Practitioners: The results from this paper could be generalised to other groups of refugees in Australia and also could be used for Iranian refugees in other countries. Recommendation for Researchers: Researchers may use a similar study for refugees of different backgrounds in Australia and around the world. Impact on Society: ICT may assist refugees to become less isolated, less marginalized and part of mainstream society. Future Research: Future research could look into the digital divide between refugees in Australia and main stream Australians.


Shariati, S., Armarego, J. & Sudweeks, F. (2017). The Impact of e-Skills on the Settlement of Iranian Refugees in Australia. Interdisciplinary Journal of E-Learning and Learning Objects, 13(1), 59-77. Informing Science Institute. Retrieved September 20, 2020 from .