Apps help integration, immigrant health: study

A new study has found that mobile apps can play a vital role in helping immigrants integrate into new cultures, as well as providing physical and mental health benefits. The results of the study were published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior. Researchers from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) interviewed new migrants and refugees taking free beginner language courses in Greece, often the first destination for people arriving in Europe from Africa and Asia, for a period of 10 months.

The results showed that those using mobile apps aided by artificial intelligence (AI), such as language assistants, have personalized information sites, or health symptom trackers, experienced an improvement in health status of 5.3% and greater social integration of 2.7%. Other non-artificial intelligence applications, such as those to signal public services, have improved overall health by a much smaller amount, less than 1%.

Professor Nick Drydakis, Director of the Center for Pluralist Economics at ARU, said: “Artificial intelligence apps work by providing services such as personalized search results, peer-reviewed e-learning, professional pronunciation coaching, real-time translations and communication. virtual to find possible explanations for health conditions. Our study found that these are of great benefit to migrants in relation to integration, health and mental health. ” “The World Health Organization recommends the use of health apps to improve services, especially for vulnerable populations. Mobile applications and artificial intelligence, when used correctly, can clearly benefit the lives of people arriving in an unknown new country, however around a third of the people we interviewed did not own a smartphone, which potentially represented a barrier to these advantages, “Drydakis added.

The professor also noted that the study is the first to examine the use of mobile applications to support the needs of migrants in relation to social integration and quantify the associations between mobile applications, health, mental health and integration for migrants and assess the role of AI. in improving these results. (ANI)

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  • A new study has found that mobile apps can play a vital role in helping immigrants integrate into new cultures, as well as providing physical and mental health benefits.
  • Apps help integration, immigrant health: study