Data for Refugees


Data for refugees is a big data challenge whereby Turk Telekom opens a large dataset of anonymized mobile phone records to research groups for the purpose of providing better living conditions to Syrian refugees in Turkey.  

We introduce different measures extracted from mobile phone metadata to study the integration of refugees along three dimensions: (1) social integration, (2) spatial integration, and (3) economic integration through signatures of employment activity. We use these measures to compare integration across different regions in Turkey and find striking differences both in the distributions of these dimensions and the relations between them. 

The paper is currently under review but will be shared soon.