Research Outline

Human Migration in the Last 100 Years


To provide enough data on all large human migrations within the last 100 years for a graphical interpretation, including number migrated, location, years, and reasons for the migration

Early Findings


The Great Migration in the US referred to a period between 1910 and 1970 where over 7 million African American citizens migrated from the southern states to Midwest and Western states to escape racism and prejudice.

Nearly 20 million white Americans and 1 million Latin Americans moved from the South during the 20th century as well, in a movement called the Southern Diaspora.

Following the Russian Civil War, nearly 3 million people left Russia to escape a violent war that killed nearly 8 million citizens.
After the Second World War, over 16 million Germans migrated from nations in Eastern and Central Europe back to Germany.

In the 1940’s, the partition of India and Pakistan caused one of the largest migrations in history. Seven million Muslims and seven million Hindus were forced to trek to India or Bangladesh.

In the 1930’s and 1940s, over 200,000 Mexican Americans were forced to migrate back to Mexico via a deportation campaign.

Since 2004, 800,000 people have migrated from Poland to the UK, due to Poland being accepted into the EU and giving Polish citizens the right to work.

In 1972, political unrest forced thousands of Asian immigrants to migrate from Uganda, many of them relocating in Canada, India and Kenya.