Preliminary View of GIS and Refugee Resettlement

Authors: Christopher Pierce*, Texas State University
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: GIS, Refugees, Resettlement
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Presentation File: Download


Refugees typical resettle in large metropolitan areas, however, a growing number have secondary migrated to other locations to improve their opportunities and resettlement experiences. Recently, GIS has become more utilized in studies about refugee resettlement, however, it may disclude social factors such as crime occurrences and accessibility to food, or be only conducive to resettlement practices in larger metropolitan areas. The study area for this research is Waterloo, Iowa, a town of approximately 68,000 people in Northeast Iowa. Waterloo has resettled Bosnia refugees during the 1990s and has resettled refugees from Burma (primarily through secondary migration) in the 2010s. This preliminary study aims to evaluate previous methods utilized as well as incorporate other additional factors that may better help use GIS as a tool in resettlement efforts.

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