“SOMETIMES Hekmatullah, a 32-year-old Afghan, has to choose between food and connectivity. ‘I need to stay in touch with my wife back home,’ he says, sitting in a grubby tent in the Oinofyta migrant camp, near Athens. Because Wi-Fi rarely works there, he has to buy mobile-phone credit. And that means he and his fellow travellers—his sister, her friend and five children—sometimes go hungry.”
Mobile phones are indispensable for most people in the United States, and for a growing number of refugees, they are even more crucial to help refugees stay in touch with family back home and research their journeys. “According to UNHCR, the UN’s agency for refugees, refugees can easily spend a third of their disposable income on staying connected.” This article from The Economist explores issues of connectivity facing migrants.