Analysing refugees’ secondary mobility using mobile phone Call Detail Records (CDR)

Harald Sterly, Lars Wirkus

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This chapter provides insights on how mobile phone data, more specifically Call Detail Records (CDR), can be used to perform mobility and migration analyses. It is written from the perspective of migration and mobility researchers, and thus should give an accessible exposition of the data science aspects. We start with a very brief introduction to the background of mobility analyses from CDR, and then, using a concrete example (Syrian refugees in Turkey), we provide basic steps and some key challenges that need to be considered when analysing and dealing with such data. As the ethical aspects of this topic are highly relevant, we provide a reflection of the ethics of this concrete case example as well.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationData Science for Migration and Mobility
EditorsAlbert Ali Salah, Emre Eren Korkmaz, Tuba Bircan
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780197267103
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2022

Publication series

SeriesProceedings of the British Academy

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 504021 Migration research
  • 102035 Data science
  • 507001 Applied geography


  • mobile CDR
  • mobile phone data
  • mobility
  • migration
  • refugees

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