Migration maps

Search and find a map that is related to migration of people - it could be global or regional, it could show refugee movements, labour migration, historical migrations etc.
State your name and give the source of the map.
Then provide five bullet points to provide two pieces of relevant information from the map, two questions that can be answered from the map and one comment on the effectiveness and cartography of the map.
  • According to this map, our species originated in central Africa.
  • According to this map, the people that we would now call Native Americans did in fact migrate from the Russian region (there have been disputes about this for years).
  • Two Questions from this map:
    • What does this map use for evidence to track the migration path of early humans?
    • What are the two alternate routes out of Africa that our ancestors could have taken out of the continent?
  • This map is full of information, and what I like about it is that it has boxes of information at each site of entry,
and it also provides more information below the map that clarifies and adds more background information. Although the map seems complicated at first,
it is one of those models where much detail is shown, but requires more time and effort to sift through that information.
The map does appear small on this page, so click on the link above at "Source" to view the same map with a zoom option.

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1. This map makes it evident that it migration north was more common to African Americans than migration to the far west

2. The map also shows that African americans from the south east moved up the east coast, while african americans in south central migrated solely to the midwest, and it was only the african americans in the south west that migrated to the far west.

  • What reasons might there have been for African American migration to these areas?
  • It appears that there was no African American migration to the central states, why might this have been?
This is a very basic and straight forward map. It allows you to see the general movement of african americans and thier destination cities. This map is limited however because it does not give you any information as to how many African Americans were moving, nor does it show the distribution of african americans. Because of this it is hard to tell whether or not the majority of african americans migrated or stayed, or how many of them moved to each area.

source: http://www.inmotionaame.org/gallery/detail.cfm?migration=8&topic=10&id=8_003M&type=map



  1. According to this map, most people migrated from the Eastern Europe to the USA and Canada in the whole lapse of the 20th century
  2. According to this map, one can fathom the relative amount of migration from Mexico to Central America to the USA with the thickness of the arrow.
  3. Question 1: What caused the Russians to start spreading eastwards towards Siberia during the 1930~1940s?
  4. Question 2: Why would the Ugandan Asians migrate to UK from 1973? Why UK, not USA?
  5. This map allows you to look at the various major migration movements in the 20th Century, and allows you to compare the scale of the migration based on the thickness of the arrows. However, this map is also very generalized, and does not provide a scale for the thickness of the arrows, so specific data concerning the exact number of people migrating cannot be inferred from this map.



Migration Into the Americas
Migration Into the Americas

  • This map shows the migration from people from different parts of the world into the Americas. People from places like Western Europe, Oceania, Russia and Eastern Asia are the ones shown in this map. This map shows how nomads from around the wolrd were the first inhabitants of America.
  • The red triangles show the different parts where the nomads settled down; the most populated areas.
  • What made nomads from Oceania migrate all the way to South America?
  • Were land and weather in America the reason why the nomads migrated there?
  • This map explains the diversity and spread of races among the countries of South America. The direction of the arrows show all the places where the nomads settled; from northern Canada and Alaska all the way down to Chile and Argentina.
Source: http://www.kidspast.com/world-history/0260-ancient-america.php

Tom Zacharia:

  • Displacement that is instigated by Economic crisis tends to displace the victims much further than Conflict related Displacement.
  • There is no Russian conflict displacement, and no Chechen economic displacement. At least, none depicted by the above map.
  • 1: Where have the Caspian Sea Eco-Refugees gone?
  • 2: Why don't the Conflict displaced refugees follow the example of the Economically displaced refugees; simply leaving the land for a better life and better economical returns?
  • (3): Why is Russia perfect in Conflict? IS it? Is the Map simply wrong?

I give this map an 8 out of 10. It is, though, definitely aspiring to be a 9 out of 10. One definite benefit of using this map is the noted disparity between the different types of population displacement; into groups of economic, ecologic and militaristic. It, also, delivers exactly what the title promises: A map of the population migration and displacement in the region, between 1988 and 2004. However, once problem I see with the map is that it does not relate each movement in terms of time; so we, the readers, have no idea when these events are taking place. Finally, it is unclear in some respects, as the questions above indicate.




This map shows the routes of Palestenian refugees in Israel in 1948. From the map, it can be seen that were over 500,000 rural and urban Palestinian refugees displaced.
Also, according to this map refugees were being pushed out "into the sea" and were forced to leave Israel by sea rather than by land.
Why are there refugees going into Hebron, and yet at the same time there is an arrow indicating refugees being forced out of the same district?
Why are there more refugees outside of the West Bank? Is this because the numbers mean the numbers in each district mean the number of refugees IN the district or forced to LEAVE the district?
Even thought this map is interesting to look at, it would be more helpful if the arrows could represent a cetain number of people that migrated. Overall the map is not very clear and other than a total number of refugees, provides little facts, only the general directions in which the refugees moved, it could still, however, provide a general idea of the migrations of the Palestinians in 1948.

Source: http://www.palestineremembered.com/Acre/Maps/Story578.html


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Invasions_of_the_Roman_Empire_1.png .

  • The Greeks began 250 years of expansion, settling their colonies in many different directions.
  • The Vandals were the most wide spread and took the most routes out of all the other types of people.
  • Constantinople was the capital of the Roman Empire. There were many different types of invaders: The Vandals, Franks, Goths, Visigoths, Ostrogoth, and Huns.

Question 1: How many routes did the Vandals take to conquer the cities around them?
Question 2: Why was the Roman empire divided into the Western empire and the Eastern Empire?

  • This map allows you to look at the various routes that the different conquerors took to conquer the cities around them. The map is clear and colorful.


This map clearly portrays the most common routes that north-west African migrants take to get to Europe.
It also illustrates the main areas where EU border patrols are present, which displays areas of difficulty for the usually-illegal immigrants.
It prompts the questions:
Why do so many immigrants congregate in Niger? Is there easier transportation or better infrastructure that will lead them farther from there?
Why isn't there EU border patrol in the northwest part of Libya?

This map gives a clear picture of the main routes that are taken by African migrants to Europe. However, the arrows do not indicate numbers or percentages, and so it is difficult to get a sense of the quantity of migrants. It also does not illustrate the effectiveness of the border patrol, and does not say how many forces that are there, which means the ratio between migrants and border patrol is not clear. Also, the methods of transportation used is not shown. Therefore, although it is a clear and well-presented general overview, it lacks detail which would have been useful when studying this topic.

(I posted my map with the bullet points on November 9, 2008 at 10:22 PM, but it seemed to have disappeared shortly after, so I placed my information under this map, since the map I used was the same as Layla's)

  • The main three places of transit from Africa to Europe are the Canary Islands, Malta, and the Iberia Peninsula.
  • The EU border patrols are located along the north and northeastern coasts of Africa
  1. Why would migrants from Africa emigrate from their homeland?
  2. Can this map be used to determine refugee movements within Africa?
  • This map is displayed effectively and it is visually clear for the reader. The choice of color is good for distinguishing key elements in this map. Many information is displayed along with the map including a legend and an inset box, which shows Africa's relative location to other continents. A title is clearly displayed on the top of the map.

Source: http://www.remittances.eu/images/stories/_42481600_africa_migration416x355.gif



Source: http://www.hnet.uci.edu/mclark/HumCore/CoreF2005/WebCoreF05/EuroInv.JPG

Migration to the new world


- The larger shaded arrow like figures represents greater amounts of migrants coming from that specific western area
- The map shows the route each country came from
- Which country had the most amount of migrants entering North America?
- Which area was most colonized by the migrants?
- The cartography on this map could be more improved, by adding a key, because it is unclear to why their are different shades of colors of the arrows (does a different shade represent only a different country? More People? Different reasons for migrating?)

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  • this is a Catogram that shows the net immigration figure of each country
  • the highest net immigration is seen in USA and most European nations.
  • Countries like Mexico and Italy can hardly be seen.
  • Why do you think countries like Egypt have a high net immigration rate?
  • why do you think that Australia looks relatively the same size as usual?
  • The map is well done and very effective. The source is trustworthy and the map is very clear. The use of colors helps the viewer distinguish countries. A negative factor with most cartograms is that sometime you cant distinguish countries because they are so small.
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