The Eritrean national football team line up for a photo before the start of their October 13th World Cup qualifier in Francistown, Botswana. Ten of the squad’s players sought political asylum in the country after the game. Photograph: Monirul Bhuiyan/AFP/Getty Images

Botswana has granted asylum to a group of 10 Eritrean soccer players who sought refuge after playing in a World Cup qualifying match earlier this mont(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker welcomes Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban during a meeting over the Balkan refugee crisis with leaders from central and eastern Europe at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

The European Union faces collapse if the bloc cannot agree on a plan to confront the sudden influx of refugees through the Balkans, Slovenia’s premier(...)

A child with moderate malnutrition at the office of Action Contre la Faim (Action Against Hunger) in Aweil, Northern Bahr El-Ghazal state in South Sudan. According to reports, from 2.5 million to 4.6 million people are classified severely food insecure in South Sudan. Photograph: Albert Gonzalez Farran/ AFP/Getty Images

It’s a shift that has taken place slowly and without fanfare, but in the past 50 years the worst types of famine have become dramatically less frequen(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu walk on the banks of the Bosphorus during a meeting in Istanbul on Sunday. Photograph: Guido Bergmann/Bundesregierung/Getty Images

Pressure is growing on German chancellor Angela Merkel to ease Germany’s refugee crisis ahead of a far-right march this evening in Dresden and the sta(...)

The Eurotunnel terminal area  near Calais,  France. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

Two more suspected illegal immigrants have been arrested after walking through the Channel Tunnel to reach Britain. The latest security breach in the (...)

Migrants get off a train  at the railway station of Botovo, near the Croatian-Hungarian border. Photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

Four years of war have killed 250,000 of its people, driven four million of them abroad and displaced twice as many inside its borders, but on the Bal(...)

Politicians see refugees as a young workforce which will  defuse Germany’s demographic time bomb. Photograph: Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters

When the annual Oktoberfest beer bonanza kicked off in Munich on Saturday, Hamado Dipama wasn’t in the mood for celebrating. As boisterous Bavarians i(...)

A soldier looks at smoke billowing from the site of a Saudi-led air strike on a Houthi position in the Yemeni frontline province of Marib on September 15th, 2015. Photograph:  REUTERS/Stringer

If displaced people had a country of their own it would be bigger than Spain. The numbers – 50 million and rising – are set to grow, soon and signific(...)

Facing growing criticism in western capitals, Polish prime minister Ewa Kopacz said Poland would accept as many migrants “as we can afford: not one more, nor less”

After a standoff lasting months, and ahead of a looming general election, Poland has indicated it will do more to assist with Europe’s growing refugee(...)

For Chancellor Angela Merkel closing the border was a capitulation in deed to a word she has, for months, studiously avoided: overwhelmed. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

British architect Norman Foster once described Berlin’s Tempelhof as the “mother of all airports”. One of the world’s largest buildings, with a curved(...)