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The Where We’re From interactive app tracks migrants around the world. This application is now being hosted by Its endlessly fascinating to explore where we’re from. The underlying data for the map was published by the World Bank in 2010.

Using the app:
Choose whether you want to access information about migrants leaving a country (Outward) or migrants entering a country (Inward). Then click on a country and watch the pattern of migration to or from the chosen country. Countries that neither send nor receive migrants will fade out. Hover over a country or over a migrant cluster to access the data. Each circle represents up to 20,000 migrants.

This migration visualization tool is being developed by Locus Insight in collaboration with IOM. Locus Insight is a data visualization studio dedicated to clarifying complex data through engaging interactive charts. Their work is informed by an intelligent understanding of current world topics and animated by the latest interactive data technology.


When humans first ventured out of Africa some 60,000 years ago, they left genetic footprints still visible today. By mapping the appearance and frequency of genetic markers in modern peoples, we create a picture of when and where ancient humans moved around the world. These great migrations eventually led the descendants of a small group of Africans to occupy even the farthest reaches of the Earth.

Our species is an African one: Africa is where we first evolved, and where we have spent the majority of our time on Earth. The earliest fossils of recognizably modern Homo sapiens appear in the fossil record at Omo Kibish in Ethiopia, around 200,000 years ago. Although earlier fossils may be found over the coming years, this is our best understanding of when and approximately where we originated.


The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.


IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. As the leading international organisation for migration, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to:

  • Assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management.
  • Advance understanding of migration issues.
  • Encourage social and economic development through migration.
  • Uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.


MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) is a registered Foundation based in Malta. It is dedicated to preventing loss of life at sea by providing assistance to migrants who find themselves in distress while crossing the Mediterranean Sea in unsafe vessels.


Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) launched Exodus, a web documentary about the refugees, displaced people and migrants who find themselves forced to leave their homes. Exodus focuses on the Syrian war, which has seen three million people flee the country; on the conflict in South Sudan, with its disastrous effects on communities already suffering a humanitarian crisis; and on the Central Americans escaping violent gang culture for the US, but finding their journeys beset by further violence.


Destination Lampedusa is a on-line simulator we have created where players try crossing the Mediterranean Sea like the migrants do every day. You can drown in the simulator but when people die making the crossing there is no ‘try again’ button for these migrants!!


Deep in the sun-blistered sonora desert beneath a cicada tree, arizona border police discover a decomposing male body, lifting a tattered t-short, they expose a tattoo that reads “Dayani Cristal”.

Who is this person? What brought him here? How did he die? And who-or what-is Dayani Cristal?

Watch Trailer.


Last year 4,000 people drowned trying to get to Europe in rickety migrant boats. The UK government responded by eliminating support for the main rescue programme. One man’s job is to pull bodies out of the Mediterranean; And in the UK, a payday loan collector tramps from door to door hearing complaints about immigration and the jobs crisis. Putting us in the shoes of those whose job it is to enforce our rules, this is the story of two strangers striving to find connection in a world of separation.

Origins and Destinations of the World’s Migrants, from 1990-2013 (MAP)

The figures in this interactive feature refer to the total number (or cumulative “stocks”) of migrants living around the world as of 1990, 2000, 2010 or 2013 rather than to the annual rate of migration (or current “flows”) in a given year. Since migrants have both an origin and a destination, international migrants can be viewed from two directions – as an emigrant (leaving an origin country) or as an immigrant (entering a destination country).


They are fleeing from Syria, in an attempt to start a new life – a life without fear of war, oppression or persecution. Among them are bankers, engineers, journalists, doctors, students, farmers, shopkeepers and industry workers. The Syrian refugees number over 3.2 million, and many of them have travelled to Turkey to try and find a way into Europe – and to Sweden in particular. Reporters from Swedish public service radio have been in contact with over 70 Syrians, following their stories over the past year, in their attempts to enter what has been called “Fortress Europe”.

United Invitations is about food, language and social interaction. It’s about making memorable meals* and new dinner constellations** happen. The meal takes place with no strings attached, and signing up includes no obligations apart from serving food at the agreed time. At least one of the participants should be a person who has moved to this country from a different country. The guest is always welcomed to bring one person along to the dinner.

*The meal is a dinner, free of charge, and in someone’s home.

**Host and guests participate out of their own free will and with responsibility for themselves.


KITCHEN ON THE RUN supports and promotes communication and mutual understanding between refugees from all over the world and locals in Europe. With a shipping container converted into a mobile kitchen and dining space, we travel through Italy, France, Germany, The Netherlands and Sweden from March until August 2016. Every day our kitchen container will host a group of 15-20 refugees and locals who cook and eat together and begin a dialogue…