Refugees who arrived in Germany by crossing the nearby Austrian border  at the X-Point Halle initial registration center of the German federal police  near Passau, Bavaria, Germany. Photograph: Joerg Koch/Getty Images

Bavarian’s conservative state government has come under fire for plans to erect deportation camps on its borders for refugees from Balkan states. (...)

A nun arranges flowers on the stage at Sarajevo city stadium ahead of the visit of Pope Francis. Photograph: Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

Meeting with his cardinals on the day after his election in March 2013, Pope Francis exchanged a few significant words with the Archbishop of Sarajevo(...)

A woman stands next to her tent in a makeshift camp in front of the government building in Skopje. Protesters have said they will not leave until the government resigns. Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images

On a sweltering Sunday in Skopje, as people flocked to fan-cooled cafes for shade, ice cream and espresso, dozens of Macedonians talked beneath plasti(...)

Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic (left) and Albanian prime minister Edi Rama   during a joint press conference in Tirana, Albania, yesterday. Photograph: Armando Babani/EPA

The leaders of Serbia and Albania have used a historic meeting to urge their countries to work together to join the European Union and boost stabil(...)

Polina Gagarina of Russia received a warm reception from the 10,500-strong audience to qualify for the  final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 on on Tuesday night in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Nigel Treblin/Getty Images 2:08

Hotly-tipped Russia qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest final last Tuesday night and received a strong response from the 10,500 audience members(...)

Forty-five potential trafficking victims were discovered in Northern Ireland last year. They claimed they were subjected to domestic servitude, labour or sexual exploitation, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said

Forty-five potential trafficking victims were discovered in Northern Ireland last year.They claimed they were subjected to domestic servitude, labour (...)

Migrants arriving at Porto Empedocle in Sicily after being rescued off the Libyian coast by a Dutch freighter. Photograph: Frank Miller

Across Europe asylum applications are on the increase and Ireland, for the first time in more than a decade, is no exception. Last year, there was an(...)

The Department of Justice annual report shows 2,147 migrants were refused access to the Republic before being returned to their states of origin. A further 111 “failed asylum seekers” and illegal immigrants were deported. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

More than 2,300 people were deported from Ireland in 2014 and there was a 53 per cent increase in asylum applications to the State during the year, a(...)

A man (C) and his daughter (2nd L), both rescued from the Norman Atlantic ferry, disembark from a Greek Airforce C-130 military cargo aircraft at the Elefsina military airport near Athens on December 29th, 2014. Photograph: Yannis Kolesidis/Pool/Reuters

Two Albanian seamen were killed during an operation to salvage a multideck car ferry that caught fire off Greece’s Adriatic Coast when a cable connect(...)

Numbers taking part in papal events at the Vatican have almost trebled since the election of Pope Francis in March 2013. Photograph: EPA

Numbers taking part in papal events at the Vatican have almost trebled since the election of Pope Francis in March 2013. Figures for 2014, the first f(...)