Integration is a highly contested concept within the field of migration. However, a well-established view of the concept draws from underpinning migration and refugee theories, in which integration is seen as a dynamic, multidimensional, and two-way process of adaptation to a new culture and that takes place over time. Most studies have focused on the integration perspective of host societies, in particular how governments’ understandings of belonging shape legal frameworks of rights and citizenship and their impact on the process of integration itself. With a focus on refugee migration to the Netherlands, this study analyzes the newcomers’ perspectives and experiences of integration and information in the host society, as well as the role of digital media technologies and networks in mediating this relationship. Building on policies and refugee migrant interviews, the article sketches out the ongoing dynamics of social capital during refugees’ adaptation processes in the country and puts forward a perception of the role of media in the integration act.

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Keywords digital technologies, information practices, refugee integration, social capital
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Journal Media and Communication
Paz Aléncar, A, & Tsagkroni, V. (2019). Prospects of Refugee Integration in the Netherlands: Social Capital, Information Practices and Digital Media. Media and Communication, 7(2), 184–194. doi:10.17645/mac.v7i2.1955