Alison Killing

Migration Watch

The story of the refugee ‘crisis’ in maps, data and audio. A 10-day long experience, following the journeys of refugees as they set off for Europe, in real time, via a mapped data-visualisation and podcast series. Launching October 19, 2017.


In 2015, 1,015,078 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe by sea, fleeing war, escaping persecution, searching for safety and a new place to call home. While 2016 saw a drop in the overall numbers, a record 181,436 people travelled the Central Mediterranean route, with 4,527 attendant deaths. Many more are expected to attempt these journeys in 2017 and beyond. This is Europe’s greatest human displacement since the Second World War. It has raised a series of unsettling questions for Europe and as yet, no coherent ethical or practical solutions have been found.

Migration Watch tells the story of the refugees’ and migrants’ journeys and takes a closer look at the issues behind events that are still unfolding. Bringing together real human stories, new writing, immersive data visualisations, and academic research, Migration Watch is a '10-day real-time' interactive documentary, following the fortunes of ten refugees travelling to and through Europe, in search of a better life.
– Trace the routes travelled by millions.
– Accompany one of ten characters on their journey, written exclusively for the project by writers from Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea and Libya.
– Listen to our daily podcast to hear the experiences of migrants and refugees in their own words; plus insights from aid workers, volunteers, local government officials and policy makers, and analysis of the deeper causes of this ‘crisis’.

Migration Watch will launch in Autumn 2017.



Alison Killing is an architect and designer, based in Rotterdam, where she runs her own studio, Killing Architects. Her work focuses on engaging people with the man-made environment, how it works and how communities can be involved in shaping it. She does this through exhibitions, film-making, events, and journalism. Alison studied Architecture at Cambridge University and Oxford Brookes, and also holds a Master's degree in Development and Emergency Practice. She is a TED Fellow and WIRED Innovation Fellow.