Migrants board through a window a train heading to Zagreb at a railway station, near the official border crossing between Croatia and Serbia. Photograph: Stringers/AFP/Getty Images

Some 855 first-time asylum seekers applied for protection in Ireland between April and June 2015, bringing to 1,480 the total number of people to seek(...)

European Commission’s president Jean-Claude Juncker makes his State of the Union address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, yesterday. Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

The European Commission unveiled a relocation programme for refugees yesterday in its first major policy response to the migration crisis, but doubts (...)

Young refugee girls are given gifts as they arrive at the central railway station in Munich, Germany, on Monday. Photograph: Andreas Gebert/EPA

Germany’s governing coalition moved on Monday to tighten benefits for migrants as chancellor Angela Merkel displayed a sharper tone towards those d(...)

A migrant child walks after arriving by train to the main railway station in Munich, Germany on Sunday. Austria and Germany threw open their borders to thousands of exhausted migrants on Saturday, bussed to the Hungarian border by a government that tried to stop them but was overwhelmed. Photograph: Reuters/Michael Dalder 1:59

The German government will spend an extra €6 billion to cope with this year’s record influx of refugees, the ruling coalition said on Monday. State an(...)

Police clash with opponents of refugee accommodation in a former hardware store in Heidenau, Germany on Sunday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s interior minister led calls on Sunday for a crackdown on right-wing militants and racists after a second night of scuffles between protes(...)

Mark Keating of the Whitewater Foundation with his dog Pajo will trek through five Balkan countries. Photograph: The Irish Times

An Irish businessman and his Labrador dog have been training for a 20,000km walk over mountains to raise funds for charity and to mark his relatives’ (...)

Macedonia’s prime minister Nikola Gruevski (centre) attend a rally in support  the government in Skopje in May. Macedonia is to have early parliamentary elections next year. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

As Macedonian police launched raids this week against what it said were suspected Islamist radicals, many in the crisis-ridden Balkan state thought ba(...)

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(...)