Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Mapping Migrant Deaths Around the World

Australian broadcaster SBS has mapped out migrant deaths around the world. Their How many asylum seekers never make it to their destination uses data from the Missing Migrants Project to show dead and missing migrants across the globe from 6 January 2014 to September 2018.

The map shows that the Mediterranean is still the location where the most refugee deaths occur as people try to enter Europe from Africa. However SBS says that the number of deaths of migrants is now falling in the Mediterranean.

The interactive map has a rather misleading heat map layer which at the lowest zoom levels covers most of the globe. However if you zoom in on the map the heat map layer is removed and circular markers appear instead. These markers are scaled to show the number of migrant deaths reported at that location. If you click on one of these markers you can see the number of deaths and view links to the source for the reported migrant deaths.

You can view five other interactive maps plotting the deaths of migrants in the Mediterranean on this Maps Mania post

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