The role of terrain in population migration: Pakistan/Iran

By Chelsea Cardillo May 14, 2020 | Technology

Image caption: Quetta, Pakistan: Stopover along immigrant route to Europe.

Migrants seeking to escape their home countries for Europe face similar challenges to those attempting to traverse the U.S./Mexico border. Navigating unknown and often inhospitable terrain or dying by drowning while crossing one of the numerous water routes are just some of the hazards with which unauthorized migrants have to contend. The majority of migrants attempting to move from the Middle East to Europe travel from as far east as Pakistan, potentially stopping in Quetta before crossing the border into Iran and undertaking the vigorous trip north to Tehran.

Through Vricon’s 3D view of the terrain, customers can gain a near-real view of the location in question and help them envisage which are the most likely routes migrants will take to traverse the terrain on their ways to Europe. For example, the terrain in the vicinity of Quetta, Pakistan, is divided by several mountain ranges. When the terrain is analyzed in 3D, migrant movements can be better predicted. Migrants are likely to use the natural valleys between the mountains as a guide toward Iran and take advantage of the concealment provided by the tall ridges around them. Using Vricon 3D data, customers can then share and show others the situation, instead of merely describing it with words or using a 2D image.

This is the second piece in our series on terrain in population migration. Read the first part here.