One Month in Slovenia
Visualization of refugee flow
Many migrants and refugees that started flowing into Europe in 2015 took to the so-called Western Balkan route, which spanned Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, and Croatia. Refugees would then continue their journey northward through Hungary, yet after Hungary erected a barbed-wire fence at their borders in October 2015, the movement turned towards Slovenia. In the months that followed more than 400 000 migrants and refugees have passed through Slovenian borders. 3 months in Slovenia is visualization of their movement through the country.
Built with: d3.js
// In an effort to curb the refugee influx into Europe, the countries on the Balkan route jointly intensified border control in February 2016. Slovenia itself erected a barber-wire fence at its border with Croatia. As of now, refugees and migrants cannot move through European countries unsupervised. 3 months in Slovenia therefore represents a finite dataset of the refugee movement through Slovenia.
A description column on the left provides the user with contextual information. The red and grey circles represent the number of people that were in immigration centers across the country at a time shown in the lower right corner. The grey circles represent reception centers, where migrants were documented. The police would then escort the migrants to immigration centers, represented by red circles, where people would wait until they were sent off to Austria. The occupancy data was released by the Slovenian police, who were constantly monitoring the migration flow and published the corresponding information on a daily basis.
Tooltips were added to show the numerical equivalent of graphical representations.
The visualization features circles reflecting the occupancy of immigration centers across the country, as well the path of movement from one border, where the refugees entered Slovenia, to the other, where they left. The animation indicates a path of movement northwards from Croatia through Slovenia into Austria.