Aligning with INVENT’s interests in globalization, migration and online engagement, Geffen, from the Haifa/UK team, has conducted a study on immigrants’ social networks and acculturation strategies in Israel. Her research findings point to significant differences between various migrant ethnic groups in their acculturation styles. The way different immigrants perceive Israel as a host society differs according to the characteristics of their social networks and also according to different policy makers’ perceptions regarding the assimilation of different groups. Another interesting finding is that different ethnic groups utilize online social media differently in terms of acquiring different types of connections, needed for gaining both explicit and tacit knowledge about the new society’s customs and habits.
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