Margie Cheesman

Digital Wallets and Migration Policy: A Critical Intersection

Use cases as well as risks when it comes to the adoption of digital wallets in the migration sector

Aid organizations, governments, technology companies, and others have begun testing digital wallet projects that either target, or incidentally affect, migrants and refugees along with mainstream citizens. In cross-border and migration contexts, digital wallets promise to have wide ranging implications for global governance, especially in identity management and finance. In this brief Margie Cheesman outlines use cases as well as concerns and risks when it comes to their adoption in the migration sector. The brief is part of the “Dialogue on Tech and Migration, DoT.Mig.” paper series by the “Migration Strategy Group”, an initiative by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Bertelsmann Foundation, and the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

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