Migrants are escorted by Turkish police as they arrive by ferry from the Greek island of Lesbos at Dikili port in Turkey on Monday. Photograph: Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

In the seaside village of Dikili, locals stroll along a corniche, fishermen idly cast their lines into the crystal-clear water and pensioners play ca(...)

US deputy secretary of state Heather Higginbottom at a conference on the refugee crisis in Geneva, at which she said Washington was seeking to shorten the timeline for resettlement of refugees without compromising security. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

The head of the United Nations has called on wealthy countries to intensify and co-ordinate efforts to take in Syrian refugees and to halt attempts t(...)

Migrants and refugees from Pakistan arrive at Lesvos, Greece. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, 600,000 arrived on just one Greek island – Lesvos. Why? Because it is less than four miles from the Turkish coast. Photograph:  Panagiotis Balaskas/EPA

Late last month the EU warned of a “looming humanitarian crisis” in relation to Middle East refugees entering Europe through the Greek islands. Loomin(...)

Qayss Ramli: “Some people told me, ‘When you get to Europe it will feel like heaven.’ It didn’t feel like heaven until my family arrived.” Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

It was a cold November day when Qayss Ramli and his 16-year-old son crammed into the boat with men, women and children desperate to reach the relativ(...)

Irish Times front page picture from Janaury 6th.  The body of a migrant child , with a Turkish coast guard boat in the background, lies on the shore in the Aegean coastal town of Dikili, near the western city of Izmir.  REUTERS/Depo Photos

The photograph on the front page of yesterday’s Irish Times brought me back to a beach near Izmir in Turkey last month. The beach I went to was litte(...)

Hivrun Kurdi with her children in the shelter where they are living in Bramsche, Germany. The death of her nephew Alan Kurdi (2), which focused the world on refugees, was just one chapter of a sprawling family’s story in its desperate attempts to escape Syria and find a new home. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

When Alan Kurdi’s tiny body washed up on a beach in Turkey, forcing the world to grasp the pain of Syria’s refugees, the two-year-old was just one mem(...)

We spoke to Syrians who have made their way to Berlin about their journeys and the future

Ehsan (21) Ehsan worked with various humanitarian relief organisations in Aleppo before joining the Syrian opposition as an assistant surgeon an(...)

Residents waiting in line to receive food aid distributed in the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp, Damascus, in January 2014. Many Palestinian refugees fled the camp after it was overrun by al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra fighters. Photograph:  United Nation Relief and Works Agency via Getty Images

“The journey began on 9/11 and ended on 11/9,” said Jamil with a wry smile. A smuggler driver, contacted weeks earlier, rang on September 10th last ye(...)

Refugees rush to cross the border between Greece and Macedonia  outside the small Greek town of Idomeni on Wednesday, August 26th. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

Tens of thousands of migrants and refugees, mostly fleeing unrest in the Middle East and Afghanistan, are desperately pushing their way through the Ba(...)

Photograph: Louise Roseingrave

Tourists can travel the Greek islands this summer in a state of sweet oblivion to the country’s financial crisis. Or they can look a little closer (...)