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Master in Design Engineering @Harvard

Sep 2018 - Oct 2018

Data visualization

VISUALIZING DATA TO UNDERSTAND THE LINK BETWEEN MIGRATION AND IDENTITY

Identity has become an increasingly complex subject in the contemporary globalized world. How does international migration evolve over time? What are the flows´ main directions and what can we infer from these movements? How does cultural similarity impact mobility? Is identity a motive or a result of migration?

INTRODUCTION

This project studies migration at 3 different scales in order to understand the correlation between identity and migration. 

THE PROCESS

The first phase is a longitudinal study of the international migrant stock as a percentage of the total population from 1990 to 2017 for all countries. Secondly comes an analysis of the total migrant stock at mid-year by origin and destination for 2017 (narrowing down the destinations to european countries). The third phase consists of drawing out an interrelationship between migration in 33 european countries and the cultural similarities tying them together.

How did international migration evolve over time?

PHASE 1 - International migrant stock as a percentage of the total population

(Excel, Grasshopper, Rhinoceros, Illustrator, Invision)

What are the flows main direction and what can we infer from these movements?

PHASE 2 - Total migrant stock at mid-year by origins and destination (2017)

(Excel, Illustrator, Invision)

How does cultural similarities impact mobility?

PHASE 3 - European cultural similarity index in relation to migration (2017)

(Excel, Grasshopper, Rhinoceros, Illustrator, Invision)

In order to generate an abstract understanding of this geographical and demographical matter I have used grasshopper and excel to illustrate quantitative data sets (United Nations Migration Data) as well as qualitative subjective data (European Social Survey for Cultural Similarity Index).

THE STILLS

International Migrant Stock as a Percentage of the Total Population

by major country/area and by date (1990-2017)

Total Migrant Stock at Mid-year by origin and destination

by major country/area of origin and destination (2017)

European cultural similarity index in relation to migration

by country (2016-2017)

In countries like Russia or Poland, we notice a correlation between similarities and migration but contrary to my initial hypothesis, it is not always the case. This leads me to the following question: Is identity a motive for migration or is it a product of it?