Networks and trajectories maps

Based on our TRAFIG survey data (n=1897), the maps give insights into the spatial dimensions of displacement. The first map visualizes the spatial extent of our survey respondents’ personal networks as they were asked to name the place of living – in the same or in any other country – of up to 5 ‘important persons’ with whom they maintain contact. The second map shows the respondents’ displacement trajectories from the former to the current place of living – potentially also via other countries.

Explore the extent of displaced persons’ networks and their trajectories by zooming into the map! In both maps you can choose to display the networks or trajectories of the four focus groups of our study – Afghans, Syrians, Eritreans and Congolese – as well as other people.

For all locations we generalized the exact position (village or town) to a higher administrational level to ensure anonymity and safety of the respondents, their families and contact persons. We then visualized the centre point of each administrational polygon.

If lines share the exact same path between start and origin, and the respondents also share their origin, the paths are combined visually and the line stroke is increased (e.g., all Afghans currently living in Athens, Greece, with contacts in Teheran, Iran, share one line). Therefore, thick paths represent numerous connections. You can hover over the locations to see more information about contacts and displacement trajectories.

Note that you can zoom in/out by scrolling or using the buttons in the modebar.

Explore the TRAFIG maps yourself! We welcome any feedback. Contact us via, if you are interested in working with the maps.


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