THE REFUGEE CRISIS

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In 2015, an average of 24 people became refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced every minute. Together, these 65.3 million global forcibly displaced people is greater than the population of the United Kingdom – or of Canada, Australia and New Zealand combined.

In the July 2015 issue of Geographical, we explored the growing refugee crisis around the world – people forced to move, but with nowhere to go.

Photojournalist Narciso Contreras exposes the reality of large-scale human trafficking which has emerged in post-Gaddafi Libya
Meet the Greek islanders being trained by the RNLI, saving lives at the forefront of the refugee crisis
This month, when the competitors of the 2016 Rio Olympics complete their opening ceremony laps of the Maracanã stadium, they will be joined by a small group walking without a national flag – refugee athletes set to make history on…
As the Rio Games draw nearer, Geographical visits the makeshift Kenyan training camp playing home to the Refugee Olympic Team’s track stars
The number of refugees, asylum seekers and other displaced people in the world hits a new record high of 65.3 million people – with over half of global refugees coming from just three countries

Leading the way

Canada is ahead of others in terms of Syrian refugee resettlement, but are the numbers all they’re cracked up to be?

Asylum in Austria

Most associate Austria with chocolate cake, opera and The Sound of Music. But right now, Austria has the highest per capita rate of asylum seekers in Europe
In 2014, the United Kingdom hosted 117,161 refugees, 36,383 pending asylum cases and 16 stateless persons, according to the UNHCR

Fleeing Eritrea

The small repressive nation of Eritrea, sitting atop the Horn of Africa, remains largely unmentioned in mainstream media, despite being a significant cause of Mediterranean refugees
On the outskirts of Sofia, the Bulgarian capital, the refugee centre of Ovcha Kupel houses over 700 foreign nationals, most of them individuals or families fleeing the turmoil in Syria and Afghanistan. Paint is peeling and conditions are basic, yet…
The humanitarian crisis facing the Rohingya in south Asia can’t be explained without understanding the complex – and conflicting – anthropological and political identities
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, and the current Mediterranean and south-east Asia migrations in many ways echo the extraordinary migration of the Vietnamese and other peoples who fled the city as North Vietnamese troops…
An estimated nine million Syrians have fled their homes since March 2011. Around 150,000 have sought asylum within the European Union

By the numbers

On Thursday, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees released its most recent report of global refugee trends for 2014. It found worldwide displacement was at the highest level ever recorded
With up to 500,000 refugees in the country, many hoping to make the hazardous journey across the Mediterranean, Geographical looks at Libya’s politics

Australia: No Way

Australia has met asylum seekers trying to reach the country by boat with a simple ‘No’. As the EU struggles with a similar problem, Geographical looks at Australia’s policies

The great escape

In an edited extract from his book, Walls: Travels along the Barricades, Marcello Di Cintio meets some of the thousands of migrants who attempt to enter Europe via Ceuta, one of Spain’s Moroccan enclaves

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