Challenges in Global Geospatial Analytics

Existing Geographic Visualizations of Refugee Data


Below, we present several examples of different kinds of geographic visualizations that have been developed. These examples are designed to give you a perspective on what has been done to explore refugee data.

Existing Geographic Visualizations

UNHCR’s Historical Refugee Data

The Refugee Project

  • From the website: ”The Refugee Project is an interactive map of refugee migrations around the world in each year since 1975. UN data is complemented by original histories of the major refugee crises of the last four decades, situated in their individual contexts.”

Not necessarily a map per se, but an article on how the refugee flow has been illustrated by maps. From Forbes magazine.

Another example of mapping refugee data. From GDELT Project. 

Different state maps showing Syrian refugee crisis.

refugees in a boat
Refugees on a boat crossing the Mediterranean sea, heading from Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, 29 January 2016.
Credit: Mstyslav Chernov/Unframe (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Visualizations Discussion

This week, please share your reactions to these examples of geographic visualizations. We would also love to see any others that you would like to share! Post your comments in the Visualizations Discussion in the Lesson 3 Module in Canvas.