As immigrants go to another country, money journeys back to their homeland in the form of remittances. This interactive map and table tracks the flow of money and people from 1960 to 2000. During that time immigration from Europe — and money to that continent — decreased as Asian immigration rose.
The team came up with the idea of tracking immigration and remittances through their personal experiences as immigrants from India.
The 40-year period tracked shows the trends in global migration. Immigration from Europe — and money to that continent — decreased Asian immigration rose. Immigration from Mexico has gone up and down (and is now on a downward trajectory), but remittances moved steadily upward.
Data was taken from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the World Bank. The team described the process: ”Cleaning the data and structuring was the first hard task. We wrote java programs to handle multiple excel files and convert them into singular csv files that could be dynamically picked up by the system when needed. Our main visualization was built using Google’s fuison tables and the sub graphs and trends were built using Jquery and similar widgets.”
Of their experience, the team said: “We learned a lot from the workshops and implemented some of the techniques we learned. We faced issues in data consistency and availability and had to get back to the drawing board atleast twice or thrice in the last 24 hours. Totally worth it. While there are some improvements or features we could add we couldn’t be happier with what we built.”