Federica Mogherini, High Representative of  EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, in Luxembourg where the meeting focused on  a system to keep out migrants who do not qualify for asylum. Photograph: Julien Warnand/ EPA

The European Union pledged on Thursday to step up deportation of illegal migrants. As EU justice and home affairs ministers signed off on new plans to(...)

Migrants walk in a street after they arrived by train in Hegyeshalom, 169 km west of Budapest, at the Austrian border, Hungary, 7th October 2015. Photograph: Csaba Krizsan/EPA

European Union governments are set to agree on Thursday to step up deportations of illegal immigrants and beef up the EU’s border guard service as the(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan  shakes hands with Belgian PM Charles Michel during a meeting at the Chateau of Val-Duchesse in Brussels on Tuesday. Turkey’s leader began his  European tour in Strasbourg last Sunday. Photograph: Nicolas Maeterlinck/AFP/Belga

The picturesque Alsatian town of Strasbourg is used to finding itself at the centre of political activity when thousands of MEPs and Eurocrats descend(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president François Hollande at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

The leaders of France and Germany called on European Union member states to put their differences behind them as they tackle the refugee crisis, urgin(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: a spokesman from her department said said no decision had been made on where  in Ireland the 2,450 refugees would be resettled. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Irish officials are expected to travel to Italy later this month to help select the first intake of almost 2,500 people due to arrive in the State un(...)

An Islamic State loyalist in the terror group’s de factor capital, Raqqa, in Syria, in June 2014. Photograph: Reuters

The US-led coalition fighting Islamic State has begun preparing to open a major front in northeastern Syria, aiming to put pressure on Raqqa, the terr(...)

Uphill battle: the aftermath of air strikes in Kafr Nabel, a town in Idlib province. Photograph: Hadi al-Abdallah via AP

The timeline of Syria’s grinding civil war is dotted with illusory turning points. These were atrocities or grim milestones that the world assumed wou(...)

Sisters Canan Osman (2) and  Lina (8)  at Harran refugee camp in  Turkey. Women and children make up nearly a quarter of nearly 80,000 civilians killed in the Syrian war. Photograph: Cem Turkel/EPA

Women and children make up nearly a quarter of nearly 80,000 civilians killed during the 4½-year-old Syrian war, the vast majority being in areas cont(...)

A woman hugs a baby wrapped in an emergency blanket as refugees and migrants arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on October 1st, 2015. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

The Catholic bishops have called on parishes throughout the island to mobilise resources to help with the resettlement of migrants who come to Ireland(...)

A  child sits in front of other migrants waiting for the lunch offered to them for the celebration of Eid-al-Adha in the village of Miratovac, south Serbia. Photograph: Hazir Reka/Reuters

“It is clear that the greatest tide of refugees and migrants is yet to come. Therefore we need to correct the policy of open doors and windows.” So sa(...)