A new survey looks at how mobile phones and the internet help immigrants to the UK and Europe stay closer to their families and within their communities.
The research project which is funded by the European Commission, is asking members of immigrant communities to the UK and Europe to take part, in order to learn how the Internet and mobile phones are helping individuals and communities to have a better life. The goal is to reach 5,400 people in eight European countries including the UK.
The study has been put together by a group of researchers at Spain's equivalent of the Open University. It is the first large-scale survey to better understand how immigrant communities in the European Union use information and communication technologies in their everyday lives. The results of the survey will be used to inform policies that will support the integration of immigrants and new communities to the European Union.
The survey is anonymous and takes about 15 minutes to complete. The research team, called ConnectIEM, are offering an incentive for participants - a chance of 15 minutes free phone time to one out of every ten survey respondants. If you're interested in helping the research effort you can complete the survey here.