World Migration Map


Today I found this really interesting map by showing a visualisation of the world’s migration pattern.
It shows the net migration between countries as small yellow dots connecting red and blue circles. While a blue circle means this country is taking in more immigrants than people migrating away, the red shows the opposite. The bigger the dot is, the more extreme is the net number. Clicking on these dots toggles off any movements unrelated to the selected country.
Important to remember is that a small circle or a slow flow of yellow dot’s between two countries doesn’t mean that there are no people moving here, it just means that the number of migrants and immigrants is zero or close to equaling out.

It is clear to see how the conflicts in the middle east have a big influence, but we have to keep in mind that today it would probably look somewhat different because the data used to create this map is from 2010 to 2015. I believe one year can make quite a difference here.

It’s also interesting to see how strong factors of historic and political influences and of course languages seem to play.


Take a look at the live map here: Global Migration Map


Surprising Facts:

  • Between 2010 and 2015, the net migration from Syria to Sweden was more than Syria’s net migration to the rest of Europe and the Americas combined.
  • Even though one of the most heard reason for people who voted for Brexit was immigration and the supposed reduction through Brexit, it seems that even though the flow of immigrants from the EU is steady it is at least just as big from non-EU countries.
  • Australia seems to be the only country with a significant net immigration with the US. And surprisingly the only country more Australians move to than the reverse is Sudan.
  • Japanese people seem to be the biggest group of people moving to Brazil. My expectation was that there would be a bigger negative net immigration between Japan and European countries.
  • Similarly, I expected a higher immigration rate from China to EU countries. While it is obviously existing, it is not a big as I thought.

Metrocom also has a variety of other really interesting maps that for example highlight population density extremes.
It’s really interesting to look at so be sure to check out their page.


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