The refugee migration from Syria was a test for Europe’s politics in the summer of 2015. What is to be done with the refugees? How many of them can and should Europe admit? In many countries political questions surrounding refugees became the dominant topic - in Austria too. With the advent of spring and summer many expect an increase of refugees setting out towards Europe. But how many will it be? Which routes are they going to take? These are questions that are occupying experts all over Europe.
To find answers the drahtwarenhandlung, in cooperation with the center for computational complex systems from Vienna University of Technology, developed a mathematical simulation model. The model itself and its results were processed, edited and visualised exclusively for ORF [M]Eins. The result was an interactive communications model which impressively visualized the complexity behind the topic.
The model itslef was based on "gravitation models", albeit with fundamental developments. The model was then fed with migration data of the summer of 2015 and numerous economic and soci-economic factors and figures. The special challenge for the drahtwarenhandlung was to present the complex and multi-dimensional model to a broad, general audience.