The third and final episode of the EcoMinassat podcast series delves into the complexities surrounding platform work for refugees and displaced peoples, set against the unique challenges prevalent in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Engaging in dialogue with Andreas Hackl, an anthropologist affiliated with the University of Edinburgh, this episode commences by examining the myriad challenges confronted by refugee workers in MENA. These challenges encompass the obstacles arising from their refugee status, difficulties in accessing the digital economy, and specific barriers hindering entry into platform work. The discussion evaluates the potential and constraints of digital initiatives aimed at facilitating online livelihoods for refugees or displaced individuals, alongside the considerations essential for regulating platform work. Moreover, it underscores the significance of addressing issues pertaining to access and identification as pivotal steps towards fostering financial inclusion and cultivating equitable platforms for all workers.

Hosted by: Yosr Jouini

Acknowledgement: This podcast has been produced as part of IT for Change’s Big Tech & Society Media Fellowship 2022.


0:00: Introduction to the series and episode

1:46: Introduction to Andreas Hackl

2:40: Platform work and refugees

8:25: Challenges to integrating refugees into platform work in MENA

13:34: Potentials and limitations of platform work for refugees

18:47: Platform work regulation

25:17: Closing comments from Andreas Hackle

27:30: Conclusion