Mapping ethnic migration in mainland China from the early 1960s to 2010

This study aims to map ethnic migration activities associated with a significant change in the mix of ethnicities for a given area in China from the early 1960s to 2010, and to ascertain where and among which ethnic groups such activities were prevalent in the past 50 years. To our knowledge, this is the first effort toward a nationwide mapping of ethnic migration in China in the past 50 years that has been undertaken.

To achieve this, we utilized the Geo-referencing of ethnic groups (GREG) dataset, a widely used ethnic distribution dataset developed by Weidmann et al. (2010); the LandScan 2010 population grid; and 2010 census data for China. The original data in the GREG dataset are drawn from the well-known 1964 Soviet Atlas Narodov Mira.

Relevant Papers

Jianzheng Liu, Jie Li, Weifeng Li, and Jingsi Shaw. 2015. Featured graphic: Mapping ethnic migration in mainland China from early 1960s to 2010. Environment and Planning A 47 (12):1-3. doi: 10.1177/0308518X15616632.