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Attention Cities Looking to Engage Immigrants: Don't Dismiss the Smartphone

A new report highlights how civic smartphone technology could be a huge help to recently arrived immigrants.
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When an immigrant moves to a new country, one of the first things he or she tends to buy is a mobile phone, so they can maintain their old connections and quickly make new ones.

"It's this amazing tool of transnationalism," says Meghan Benton, author of a new report by the Migration Policy Institute that highlights how smartphone technology can help immigrants settle in more quickly in their new environments.