E-Governance in Times of Uncertainty: Diaspora-Built Practices on Social Media During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Antonia Jeflea


E-governance is essential for migrants to ease access to various administrative services in their home and destination countries. The COVID-19 pandemic revealed novel facets of inequality in the accessibility of these facilities, the lack of personnel during lockdowns being not the only impediment for foreigners. This paper aims to research the unequal access of the Romanian diaspora in Germany to digital solutions provided by authorities and the unprecedented circumstances that occurred during the medical emergency. The data analysis revealed how people built their e-governance networks on social media groups, providing alternative solutions to their issues and needs. Diaspora's relationships with governmental bodies are often priorly mediated via online communication in diasporic groups, where people ask for advice or present their approaches. Data collection has been done mainly on Facebook groups of Romanian migrants in Germany between 2020 and 2022. Methodologically wise, this research used digital field research to understand how people interact in these groups and what consequences could arise from their digital behaviour.


Author Biography

Antonia Jeflea, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Ludwig Uhland Institut für Empirische Kulturwissenschaft
Address: Burgsteige 11, 72070, Tübingen, Germany.
Email: diana-antonia.jeflea@student.uni-tuebingen.de

How to Cite
Jeflea, A. (2023). E-Governance in Times of Uncertainty: Diaspora-Built Practices on Social Media During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Sociologie Românească, 21(1), 140-157. https://doi.org/10.33788/sr.21.1.7


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