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 (...)

Shop workers sit in candle light at their shop after a major power cut in Istanbul. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

A major power outage hit cities and provinces across Turkey on Tuesday, including the capital of Ankara and the biggest city, Istanbul, where parts of(...)

A general view shows the Golden Horn Metro Bridge in Istanbul: Turkey’s largest city racks up a massive 55%  of the country’s total trade production and  35 billionaires – more than Paris, Tokyo or Dubai – have made their homes there.  Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images
Boomtime for cities across Turkey

Even with a president on the warpath and almost two million Syrian refugees weighing the country down, a recent study by the Brookings Institution and(...)

Eastern promise: Istanbul – Enterprise Ireland opened an office in the city in January

Irish food exporters are up against it. The Russian ban on EU and others’ foodstuffs over the conflict in Ukraine has had another negative consequence(...)

Syrian refugees enjoy a sunny day in Istanbul. More than 40 per cent of Syria’s pre-war population has been displaced by the conflict, with 2.8 million taking refuge in other countries in the region. PHOTOGRAPH: EPA/ERDEM SAHIN

Despite the war, upheaval and economic collapse at home, Syrian business interests now top the list of international investors in Turkey, even as tens(...)