Challenges in Global Geospatial Analytics

Refugee Stories


The focus of our course is the use of data analytics and GIS to analyze patterns in refugee migration data. It is important, however, to remember that behind all of those numbers lie millions of human stories. Every day, millions of refugees across the world face an uncertain, and often dangerous, future.

We encourage you to regularly take some time to connect with some of these stories. We will highlight, over the next couple of weeks, some stories about some of the real people behind the big data.

UNHCR Tracks

This is a website created by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to share some of the stories of the millions of refugees who have been displaced around the world. Start this week by selecting a couple of stories to connect with the people who are part of the crisis.

Search for additional articles or videos that you find to be particularly moving or inspiring. Please share them with the rest of our group in the Refugees Resources Discussion in the General Information Module in Canvas. Please make sure that you have shared something by the end of Lesson 2.

two little girls giving the peace sign
Syrian refugee children at a half-built apartment block near Reyfoun in Lebanon, close to the border with Syria, give the peace sign. The families fled Syria due to the war and are now living on a building site.
Credit: Rocaire from Ireland [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons