Human Flows

Human Flows

More than 240 million people were living in a country other than where they were born in 2015 alone. Among them are refugees and asylum-seeker, fleeing their homeland because of war and violence. Many are moving to a different country looking for a better future for themselves and their children. The reality is the world we live in is on the move as never before. Looking backward and country by country, this project aims at depicting a rough picture of where the migrants come from and where they go.

Choose how to display the data: explore them on the map or compare flows from and to the regions of the world.

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Some clarifications

The United Nations Recommendations on Statistics of International Migration defines an international migrant as any person who changes his or her country of usual residence. National definitions and methods of data collection vary, the major differences in the identification of international migrants for statistical purposes arise because of variations in the definition of residence and duration of stay.

The minimum length of stay for a person to be counted as an international migrant varies considerably across countries. The visualization shows the time series data on the flows of international migrants by country of previous residence as recorded by 41 of the 45 countries covered by the publication. Statistics of migrant inflows and outflows also differ according to the criteria used to identify the country of origin or destination of the migrant.


United Nation Statistic Division


Map by Nations


Flows by World Region




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