Superdiversity in Vancouver, Sydney and Auckland

How can we better understand global migration trends and their effects? Currently widespread, turbulent and often misleading debates around migration signal an urgent need to do so! The MPI MMG has released a unique new set of interactive data visualization tools that allow us to explore the interrelations between migration flows, traits, and outcomes. 

With these tools, we can see, on various scales, the combined effects of migrant characteristics -- such as nationality, gender, age, education and legal status. The tools include innovative cartography showing how complex patterns are evident in cities, producing conditions of ‘superdiversity’.

With moving graphics and multiple modes of interaction, users can see patterns in official data that facilitate a more direct way to understand contemporary migration. Results can also be depicted over time. “In terms of jobs, income and housing,” says Prof. Steven Vertovec, Managing Director at MPI MMG, “we can see how refugee groups come to resemble host populations a few decades after arrival.”

The migration visualization tools are launched with a comparative focus on three major contexts of recent immigration, each with liberal migration laws and cities where over 40% of the population are immigrants: Canada (Vancouver), Australia (Sydney) and New Zealand (Auckland). 

The tools have been produced by a leading team of migration scholars including Prof. Vertovec, Prof. Dan Hiebert (University of British Columbia), Prof. Alan Gamlen (Monash University) and Prof. Paul Spoonley (Massey University) in collaboration with Stamen Design and the Immersive Visualization Platform at Monash University.

To explore and interaction with these innovative migration data visualizations, visit: