Monday, October 22, 2018

Mapping Ukraine's Displaced People

Since Russia invaded the Crimean region of Ukraine in 2014 more than one million people have been forced from their homes. The continuing fighting in eastern Ukraine and the impact of the conflict on people's livelihoods has forced hundreds of thousands of people to leave their homes and move elsewhere in Ukraine.

Reach has released an interactive map which visualizes the geography and effect of internally displaced people in Ukraine. REACH is a non-profit organization which helps aid agencies by providing assessments and mapping services in countries which are in crisis. For its Ukraine: Internally Displaced People map it used displacement data provided by the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine. This data only records internally displaced people who have registered to receive benefits. It doesn't show people who have moved abroad or the internally displaced who have not registered for benefits.

The map provides a choropleth view of the number of internally displaced people in each Ukrainian district. If you select a district on the map you can view the total number of displaced people since 2014, while a graph in the map sidebar shows the number of internally displaced people over time. If you select the 'Proportion of IDP's' you can view a choropleth view which has been normalized to show the number of people displaced as a percentage of the region's population.

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