This map shows the territory of destination for both refugees and internally displaced persons. The internal movement of people explains why territories experiencing recent instability can simultaneously be a major destination of displaced people, for example Iraq and Afghanistan.
In 2003 there were an estimated 15 million refugees and internally displaced persons. The Middle East and South America are the regions in which most displaced people live; Pakistan, Iran and Germany are the territories that provide asylum to most people from outside their borders.
Territory size shows the global proportion of refugees and internally displaced persons living there.
"I miss my country, the sunshine of my country, its soil, my friends, my [family], the way of life and its incredible simplicity." Habib Souaidia, 2006
- Open PDF poster, designed for printing. You need Acrobat Reader.
- View labelled territory map or population map for comparison
- Data files: Excel (large with map), Excel (small no map), Opendoc format (see notes)
- Technical notes for this data.
- High Resolution image (see copyright conditions)
- All of the data we use is estimated; see data page
The world as you've never seen it before! See it at www.worldmapper.org
Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest.
Worldmapper is a collaborative project in which many people are involved. To see all of them visit http://www.worldmapper.org/about_us.html
Worldmapper is closely linked to the research of the Social and Spatial Inequalities (SaSI) Group at the University of Sheffield. SaSI aims to conduct interdisciplinary research which contributes to an evidence base for policy development aimed at reducing social inequalities. Visit the research group at http://www.shef.ac.uk/sasi
mapping the world
For more information on Worldmapper visit www.worldmapper.org
This website contains 696 maps, with associated information and PDF 'poster' file. Each map relates to a particular subject. Click on the 'Thumbnail Index' which gives thumbnail previews of the maps, 'Map Categories' which is classified to see the choice, or a new option 'A-Z Map Index', and view a map and associated information. There is also a Site Map and Help page.
The country cartograms contain 171 maps showing a population grid for each covered territory/region projected on a cartogram. More information on the country cartograms are explained on this info page.
The maps and data files cover 200 territories, mainly United Nation Member States plus a few others to include at least 99.95% of the world's population. For a map identifying them see the labelled territory map, and for a cartogram giving them all equal prominence see Appendix A (Areas Included). Further details about their names are given in Technical Notes for Land Area. Also shown on the maps are 62 other areas, mostly small islands, which do not have unique data but are assigned to and included in the data of the 200. For details see Appendix B (Islands Assigned to Territories).
The maps presented on this website are equal area cartograms, otherwise known as density-equalising maps. The cartogram re-sizes each territory according to the variable being mapped. The particular method used is one described by Michael Gastner and Mark Newman (see below for link). For further information, see About the Maps. To get a higher resolution map, click on the map image.
Michael T. Gastner and M. E. J. Newman (2004) Diffusion-based method for producing density equalizing maps Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 101, 7499-7504.
Colours and regions
The colours used on the maps group the territories into 12 geographical regions, and allow for an easier visual comparison between the maps than would otherwise be possible. The shading of each territory within a region is consistent throughout all of the maps.
You can view a labelled territory map with the territories labelled, and also a labelled regions map .
Posters and high-quality pdfs
The map page for the first 366 maps gives a link to a poster. This is a pdf file which has a higher resolution map and some extra information in a chart or table. It is also designed to be printed out.
When you choose a map to view, there are links at the bottom to download a data file giving the values used for all 200 territories, a graph (usually a cumulative frequency one) of the data, and a top 10 or 20 table (and the original data used, and its source).
It is important to note that all of the datasets that are used for the Worldmapper project contains estimates, approximations and inaccuracies. For more details see the data page.
There is also a data sources page giving details of the websites where much of the data has been obtained from.
Four 'underlying data files' that supply the data used for many of our maps have been made available on the data page
Each map has associated technical notes about the data and its sources. Additional information is present in the Technical Notes for the Land Area map Map. More information about the sources is in Data Sources.
Who we are
Details of the Worldmapper Team are given in 'About Us'. The organisations and others who have supported us are given in 'Credits' and details of how to contact us in 'Contact'. Copyright details are in 'Copyright'.