Peter Sutherland said 3,419 asylum seekers known to have drowned in the Mediterranean last year. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The majority of EU states have failed to respond adequately to migration, which is one of the most urgent humanitarian challenges of our time, accordi(...)

Indira Tasueva, a refugee from Chechnya, tends to her daughter Amina (3) at their temporary home at the Spreehotel refugee centre in Bautzen, Germany. Some 200 refugees, many from Syria and Tunisia, live there. The Spreehotel became a refugee home about six months ago, despite opposition from many Bautzen residents. Photograph: Seán Gallup/Getty Images

Even locals admit there’s not much to see or do in Perba. With just 175 residents, Perba is a tiny dormitory village a 40-minute drive northwest of Dr(...)

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel  told the Bundestag on Thursday she understood  some people’s concerns over globalisation, migration and crime had attracted them to Pegida, but  warned “other motives are at play” behind the scenes in the organisation, such as “prejudice . . . even hate”. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Chancellor Angela Merkel has stepped up her rhetoric against the Pegida group, warning Germans not to be deceived by the “pure hate” behind its Islam-(...)

Migrants arriving at Porto Empedocle in Sicily after being rescued approx 40km off the Libyian coast by a Dutch freighter the Dinteldijk. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Governments must focus on saving lives rather than keeping foreigners out at a time when more people than ever are embarking on risky sea crossings in(...)

Italian marines prepare to check and document African migrants after transporting them from a commercial ship to a navy vessel in the Mediterranean Sea between Italy and Libya early in October   2014. Photograph: Lynsey Addario/The New York Times)

The Italian navy will continue a search and rescue mission which has saved the lives of an estimated 150,000 refugees because no order has been receiv(...)

File image taken from video by Nigeria’s Boko Haram terrorist network, shows the alleged missing girls abducted from the northeastern town of Chibok. Refugees from Nigeria  come primarily from the north, where they are fleeing the activities Boko Haram. Photograph: AP Photo/File

The African migrants trying to reach the shores of Sicily in recent months are primarily from six countries across the continent, five of which are ri(...)

Refugees leave the Italian Navy ship ‘Etna’, which rescued some  2,186 migrants off the Sicily coasts, as it arrives in Salerno, Southern Italy today. Photograph: Cesare Abbate/EPA.

Nineteen people died trying to reach Italy on a boat packed with hundreds of migrants, probably poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes from its engines, th(...)

At war: soldiers at the docks in Massawa in 1935. Photograph: Mondadori via Getty

The blurb on this book declares it to be a story of “love and war and of finding hope in the midst of chaos”, and although The Good Italian is a love (...)

Trust director Alice Leahy: “We are now coming across conditions long disappeared since the advent of good food, eg malnutrition, trench foot and impetigo – conditions clearly associated with extreme poverty.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Conditions associated with malnutrition are now becoming evident among the homeless in Dublin, according to Alice Leahy, director of Trust the home(...)

Meb Keflezighi is congratulated after winning the men’s division of the Boston Marathon. He described the crowd as phenomenal” and said: “I used them to propel me forward.” Photograph: Reuters/Brian Snyder

Record crowds basked in bright sunshine to cheer on runners in the second largest field in the Boston Marathon’s 118-year history as this proud(...)