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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
Arctic exploration is changing. Polar explorer Pen Hadow discusses the new directions with Geographical

In the footsteps of Darwin

When novice horse rider Tom Allen attempted to follow Charles Darwin's route to explore the length of the Santa Cruz river in Patagonia, he discovered that the immediate future of this near-pristine wilderness is far from certain
Although California gets all the current headlines, there are numerous significant drought events occurring elsewhere in the world. Geographical explores why you are not hearing about them
Australia’s inclusion in the Eurovision song contest may be an extreme geographic anomaly, but it’s another example of Europe’s continuing expansion
‘Eternal flames’ from ancient times should interest modern geologists
Georgios-Ioannis Tsianos is a UK-based medical doctor and extreme environment physiologist. His latest endeavour, part of his ‘Ice, Water, Fire’ challenge, is running the 250km Marathon des Sables across the Sahara, in support of biodiversity charity, the Opwall Trust

Report from Dark Mountain

The Dark Mountain project aims to change how people think about the environment. Completely...
Climate change has become the most recent explanation for the low wages of tea labourers in Assam, India, causing yet more tensions between the government, the tea growers and those campaigning on behalf of the poor workers caught in the…
Spending two months alone in a pod in the middle of the North Atlantic might not sound like everyone’s idea of a perfect summer holiday, but for Nick Hancock, single-minded determination to break a record took him to a guano-covered…

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