Refugee-Flow: A comparative study of armed conflict and refugee flows
Refugee Flow immerses people in the refugee experience through a variety of mediums to tell the refugee story. The project aims to encourage the general public to take action in influencing politicians and government leaders to find effective humane solutions for the refugee crisis.
Currently, the project accomplishes this goal through interactive data visualization. We display the impact that conflict has in displacing people from their homes and communities. We also display the dangers, deaths, and border crossings displaced migrants and refugees face in their search for safety.
We want to expand the project to further tell the stories and experiences of refugees and displaced migrants through videos, audio recordings, and interviews. The heart of the experience is to build an emotional connection with the participants, encouraging them to get involved by emailing and contacting their leaders and government officials, volunteering with resettlement programs in their communities, and donating to efforts helping displaced migrants and refugees on the ground.
It can also serve as a job portal for those looking to help by hiring refugees and displaced migrants for jobs.
At the current moment, the data visualizations provides asylum lawyers visual evidence in their cases. Continual expansion is a possibility based on new data aggregation. The project can also be open sourced for new contributions. The ideal use of Refugee Flow would be as a public display that allows people to interact with what was
created. To see Refugee Flow please visit http://refugeeflow.world
To leave one’s home country, community and loved ones to become a stranger in a strange land is a difficult prospect even in times of peace. As violence, persecution and terror surge like the rains of a monsoon the only option for survival and security is to become the stranger.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reports that as of 2017, 65.6 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide due to persecution, conflict, violence and human rights violations.
To become a refugee is to subject a person to the most pervasive form of cruelty by removing their basic need to lead a normal life. All aspects that make human life tolerable and meaningful are lost to the refugee. Refugees are places in inhospitable host countries that do not want them. They face the brute indifference of the walls that people build between nations and cultures. Yet each refugee surrenders to the hardship of leaving their old lives and the lives they could have lived to find peace and safety elsewhere.
Every refugee is an example of a world that failed to use its common strength for the common good.
Refugee Flow gathers data from multiple reliable sources to construct a compelling account on how persons become refugees. The project examines one of the direct fundamental causes of the global refugee crisis, the collapse of order and stability in todays international landscape.
This visualization examines the impact conflict, persecution and violence has on the lives of persons in their home countries and communities. The dataset delves into exploring what drives people to flee their homes and bear the burden of a life as a refugee.
The project further explores the possible routes taken by refugees. The dataset examines the dangers those forcibly displaced face in their search for safety. Many refugees who depart on their journey never make it to their intended destination. The data collected presents the cause of these deaths along their chosen routes.