Business Daily

BBC World Service

News & Politics

The daily drama of money and work from the BBC.


The Technology of Refugees

April 29th, 2016

Episode 515 of 836 episodes

Tens of thousands of migrants continue to make the difficult and dangerous journey by sea and land to get to Europe, escaping war or poverty. Audrey Tinline reports on how mobile phone technology has both driven the patterns of migration currently taking place and allowed migrants to make decisions when they arrive in Europe about where they should go next. Also, Jeremy Wagstaff, Reuters chief technology correspondent for Asia, explains how websites may be monitoring our online activity. And we speak to Philippe Mellier, chief executive of De Beers, about creating a market for diamonds in China and elsewhere. (Photo: Two migrant men use a mobile phone in a tent near Idomeni in Greece; Credit: Joe Klamar/AFP)

Featured Podcast