Interactive Data Graphics


Diversification is one of the key social processes that defines our times. Over the past few decades, multiple causes and categories of migration – combined with migrants’ new and varying origins – have been transforming urban populations in complex ways, worldwide.
The interactive graphics of the superdiversity website show us how.

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Visualising superdiversity through social networks

Interactive heatmap visualizing multidimensional relational-diversity evident in the social networks of respondents.

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DivCon Intergroup Contact

Explore how frequent contacts between migrants and natives take place in a neighbourhood!
The contact calculator is based on a representative survey of about 2,500 respondents aged 18 years or older in West German cities of 50,000 or more inhabitants. Selected people live in 50 neighbourhoods of about 7,500 inhabitants on average. The survey was conducted and analysed by researchers of the Max Planck Institute for the study of religious and ethnic diversity.

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Global Migration Patterns

International Migration Flows

This interactive data graphic explores annual migration flows to and from selected OECD-countries in the years 1970-2007. Underlying data has been provided by the United Nations Population Division.
The visualization illustrates the evolution of »Superdiversity«, a term coined by Steven Vertovec to reflect a level of societal complexity far beyond anything observed in the world before. During the last two decades more people than ever have moved between different locations worldwide.
This process thus becomes approachable in an interactive, visual way.

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Global Migration By Origin

Visualization of societal diversity in 225 countries in the census-years 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990 and 2000. For each country in the list, population is grouped by origin, i.e. country of birth or alternatively - in a number of cases - by citizenship. Over decades, an emergent pattern of increasing diversity of societies can be observed. The underlying data originates from the Global Migration Database, a joint project of a research group of The World Bank and the UN Population Division.

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Global Migration By Destination

Same data as above, from an inverse perspective. Where do people leaving their country of birth move to? What countries or regions are the sources of »Superdiversity«?

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