Sunday, June 21, 2015

Mapping the migration of displaced people

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) published this month their annual report on Global Trends of forced migration and refugees.

The figures are staggering.
"Nearly 60 million people are displaced around the world because of conflict and persecution, the largest number ever recorded by the United Nations. About 14 million of those fled in 2014, according to a report released this week." 
"About 11.6 million Syrians have been displaced, nearly half of Syria’s entire population."

Origin-Destination Flows of Refugees
[image credit: Sergio Peçanha and Tim Wallace, NYT]

85 percent of all refugees are living in this area
[image credit: Sergio Peçanha and Tim Wallace, NYT]