This study examines Iran-US migrants' use of the most popular messaging application in Iran—Telegram—and shows how they use it to manage their migration information practices.
This study took a qualitative observation approach. Over the course of six months, over 80 h of observations were conducted on Iran-US migration-related settings within Telegram.
This work identifies the information practices that emerge as users seek and share information related to Iran-US migration. Telegram plays a vital role across the immigration stages, predominantly in the pre-migration stage. This work also shows how the constraints and features of Telegram influence users' information sharing and seeking practices.
The findings support the implication that a social media platform that provides multiple ways to interact is likely to better support niche or unanticipated uses.
This study is the first of its kind to explore Iranian Immigrants information practices in the US. The immigration information practices observed during this study represent a valuable example of end-user appropriation within extraordinary constraints, which may be of use in other information-seeking contexts where dedicated or bespoke tools are impractical or ill-advised.
Funding: This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
Nikkhah, S., Murillo, A.P., Young, A.L. and Miller, A.D. (2020), "Coming to America: Iranians' use of Telegram for immigration information seeking", Aslib Journal of Information Management, Vol. 72 No. 4, pp. 561-585. https://doi.org/10.1108/AJIM-11-2019-0321
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