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In 2014, the United Kingdom hosted 117,161 refugees, 36,383 pending asylum cases and 16 stateless persons, according to the UNHCR
Recent discoveries suggest Iceland’s first settlers were not, in fact, Viking-age Scandinavians. Celtic Scottish and Irish explorers look likely to have arrived first

The forgotten war

As WWI commemorations take place, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya remember the East Africa campaign

Howard Wood

Wood took up diving as a hobby, but soon found the Isle of Arran’s once abundant waters depleted through overfishing. He won the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize for Europe in recognition of COAST, which he co-founded to protect Arran’s waters

Tragic routes

Guadeloupe opens a centre dedicated to the memory of the slave trade

Rights of passage

A landmark ruling finally gives hope to indigenous peoples around the world fighting to reclaim their homelands
Finland is one of the OECD’s most rural countries, but the rural population is ageing fast and one-by-one the country’s villages are shrinking away

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

High on a hill

Switzerland’s youth have the second- highest cannabis consumption in the world, according to UNICEF
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
Now that the final report has been announced, Geographical looks at the key debates around the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Canada and how important it has been to indigenous cultural resurgence

David Warrell

David Warrell is a professor and International Director of the Royal College of Physicians and Tropical Medicine. A long-standing member of the RGS-IBG medical cell, he co-edited the Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

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