Reading: A 21st-Century Migrant’s Essentials: Food, Shelter, Smartphone

I joked 3 weeks ago on Instagram that all you really need is ‘wifi and water.’ But it’s not far from the truth for migrants in today’s world.

“Every time I go to a new country, I buy a SIM card and activate the Internet and download the map to locate myself.”

Today’s migrants are bypassing traffickers and instead choosing to travel on their own, using tips from others shared on social media.

Migrants are a microcosm of what Westerners do locally, every day: check Google Maps, share their experiences online, and learn from each other so they can navigate life themselves. We’re all DIY digital nomads.

New York Times:  “A 21st-Century Migrant’s Essentials: Food, Shelter, Smartphone


Speaking of learning things online, a “Kenyan won the gold medal in javelin after learning how to throw on YouTube.”

“My coach is me, and the YouTube videos,” Yego said. Why? “Everybody in Kenya is a runner.”

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