Data visualized: The world’s refugees over four decades

To spend just a few minutes experiencing the newly created online data visualization The Refugee Project is to start to comprehend just how enormous, complex, and problematic the ebb and flow of the world’s millions of refugees has been over the past almost half century. That’s the unique power of data visualization, which is an emerging way for designers, developers, media companies and organizations to tell complex and data-rich stories visually.
Developed by design firm Hyperakt and designer Ekene Ijeoma, The Refugee Project takes close to forty years worth of refugee data from The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, as well as world population data from the U.N, and overlays it on an interactive map. The team also mixed in narratives from about 80 individual refugee conflicts (from Rwanda to Afghanistan), and set the whole thing on a yearly timeline.

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