Maite Vermeulen avatar Maite Vermeulen , Leon de Korte avatar Leon de Korte and Henk van Houtum avatar Henk van Houtum

How maps in the media make us more negative about migrants

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A great demonstration of how maps and dataviz can influence our understanding of what happens in the world, in our society.

As journalists and illustrators, there is no way around simplifying the world for the sake of readability. Whether in maps or in text. But we can be much more aware of the consequences of those simplifications – and be honest about what’s happening. We can present a map as a story that contains moral choices, rather than portraying it as the truth.