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The 2015 refugee crisis in visualizations

Explore the complexity of the major humanitarian crisis of 2015, with these interactive maps and visualizations

January 14, 2016

As a consequence of the rise of terrorism in the world, the civil war in Syria and the expansion of the group known as Islamic State – a topic that we brought up yesterday -, more than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015. This unexpected influx of people willing to face a dangerous – and for more than 3500 migrants, deadly – journey, sparked a crisis comparable only to what happened during the Second World War.

The refugee crisis, however, goes way beyond what the media showed in places like Greece, Hungary, Italy, and other European nations. Most refugees have chosen to find shelter in nearby countries, like Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, and the situation for almost 4 million people there is extremely concerning.

As politicians endlessly discuss what to do in face of such crisis, initiatives such as 19 Million Project, a coalition of Journalists, coders, designers, digital Strategists and global citizens led by the portuguese designer Mariana Santos, seek to find new ways to advance the narrative around this issue, and explore how the latest technology and digital storytelling methods can improve the reporting and drive global action to address this tragedy.

In this round up, you’ll see how news organizations, non-profits and individuals told the stories behind the refugee crisis in 2015, using data visualization and long-form interactive narratives. Like all our other round ups, this is not a comprehensive list of everything that was published online, and therefore we welcome any other suggestions to update this list.

Also, in case you missed it, here’s a quick reminder regarding the posts with our favorites of 2015:

Now, here are the visualizations about the 2015 refugee crisis:

Which Countries Are Under the Most Strain in the European Migration Crisis? | The New York Times

 Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Which Countries Are Under the Most Strain in the European Migration Crisis?
(image: The New York Times)

The flow towards Europe | Ville Saarinen, Juho Ojala

Partial screen capture of the interactive Map The flow towards Europe
(image: Ville Saarinen, Juho Ojala)

Running from Conflict and Persecution | The Guardian

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Running from Conflict and Persecution
(image: The Guardian)

Fortress Europe | Sverige Radio

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Fortress Europe
(image: Sverige Radio)

Syrian Asylum Applications | UNHCR

Partial screen capture of the interactive Map Syrian Asylum Applications
(image: UNHCR)

From Syria, an Atlas of a Country in Ruins | The New York Times

 Partial screen capture of the interactive map From Syria, an Atlas of a Country in Ruins
(image: The New York Times)

Mapping Europe’s migrant crisis | Fusion

Partial screen capture of interactive map Mapping Europe’s migrant crisis
(image: Mapping Europe’s migrant crisis)

Sea of Death | Público

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Sea of Death
(image: Público)

Deaths at the Borders of Southern Europe | University of Amsterdam

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Deaths at the Borders of Southern Europe
(image: University of Amsterdam)

Routes to enter Europe | 20minutos

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Routes to enter Europe
(image: 20minutos)

The Flight of Refugees Around the Globe | The New York Times

 Partial screen capture of the interactive map The Flight of Refugees Around the Globe
(image: The New York Times)

Journey of a Refugee | Doctors of the World

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Journey of a Refugee
(image: Doctors of the World)

EU Migrant Crisis | Matt Francis

Partial screen capture of the interactive map EU Migrant Crisis
(image: Matt Francis)

Europe’s refugee intake | Al Jazeera

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Europe's refugee intake
(image: Al Jazeera)

Syria: Epicenter of a Deepening Refugee Crisis | Esri

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Syria: Epicenter of a Deepening Refugee CrisisPartial screen capture of the interactive map Syria: Epicenter of a Deepening Refugee Crisis
(image: Esri)

The refugees’ odyssey | ABC.es

Partial screen capture of the interactive map The refugees' odyssey
(image: ABC.es)

Refugees in Brazil | G1

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Refugees in Brazil
(image: G1)

Arriving in Berlin | Hamidullah Ehrari, Mohammad Yari, Farhad Ramazanali, Alhadi Aldebs

Partial screen capture of the interactive Map Arriving in Berlin
(image: Hamidullah Ehrari, Mohammad Yari, Farhad Ramazanali, Alhadi Aldebs)

A Trickle of Syrian Refugees Settles Across the United States | The New York Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive Map A Trickle of Syrian Refugees Settles Across the United States
(image: The New York Times)

Fleeing Syria for Europe: Safaa’s fatal journey | The Telegraph

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Domestic Violence in Los Angeles
(image: The Telegraph)

Refugees | La Cimade

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Refugees
(image: La Cimade)

Immigrants in their own words | The Guardian

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Immigrants in their own words
(image: The Guardian)

Seeing Data: Migration | CLEVERºFRANKE

 Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Seeing Data: Migration
(image: CLEVERºFRANKE)

Desperate Crossing | The New York Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Desperate Crossing
image: The New York Times)

Refugees in the EU | 20minutos

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Refugees in the EU
(image: 20minutos)

Death in Syria | The New York Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Death in Syria
(image: The New York Times)

Refugees in Germany | Berliner Morgenpost

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Refugees in Germany
(image: Berliner Morgenpost)

Syria crisis pushes EU asylum claims past 1992 record | The Guardian

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Syria crisis pushes EU asylum claims past 1992 record
(image: The Guardian)

Germany top ten refugee origins visualized | Data Design Company

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Germany top ten refugee origins visualized
(image: Data Design Company)

A Family Swept Up in the Migrant Tide | The New York Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic A Family Swept Up in the Migrant Tide
(image: The New York Times)

Why on earth would anyone do this? | Al Jazeera

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Why on earth would anyone do this?
(image: Al Jazeera)

 

Continue to follow our weekly posts with interactive maps, print infographics and data visualizations to keep up with the works developed around this topic and other breaking news and events. And let us know what other visualizations about the refugee crisis we missed, so we can update this article. Reach out on Twitter (@visualoop) or Facebook.

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.

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