Anti-deportation protest   outside the Department of Justice in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

The number of asylum seekers arriving in the Republic will increase this year for the first time in over a decade. The Irish Refugee Council sa(...)

Kurdish refugees from the Syrian town of Kobani arrive at the Gawilan camp on the outskirts of Dohuk province. Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed that three Irish citizens have died in conflict zones in the Middle East since 2010. Photograph: Ari Jalal/Reuters

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed that three Irish citizens have died in conflict zones in the Middle East since 2010. Speaking in(...)

Former defence secretary and CIA chief  Leon Panetta: said that, on occasion, Obama “avoids the battle, complains, and misses opportunities”. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/Reuters

Leon Panetta, Barack Obama’s former secretary of defence and CIA chief, has criticised the president in a new memoir, saying that he too often “rel(...)

Omo, a young woman forced to leave Nigeria because of her sexuality, is the only woman on the soccer team at Cara Mineo camp for asylum seekers in Sicily. Her ambition is to become a professional player. Photograph: Frank Miller.

Deep in rural Sicily is Cara Mineo, one of the largest centres for asylum seekers in Europe. A former US military base, it is surrounded by orange tre(...)

Young asylum seekers at the Green School in Augusta, Sicily. Photograph: Frank Miller.

‘I am 15,” says Taha, a migrant Egyptian and one of the 130 unaccompanied minors who are resident at the l’École Verte centre in Augusta, a city in(...)

An undated video grab taken from YouTube of David Bolam, a British teacher who was held hostage by militants in Libya who has now been released. Photograph: YouTube/PA Wire.

A British man who had been held hostage by militants in Libya has been released.The British Foreign Office said it was “glad that David Bolam is safe (...)

John and Diane Foley, parents of the murdered US journalist Jim Foley. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

John and Diane Foley laugh and smile easily. They talk a lot – in animated, excited, rapid bursts, sometimes cutting across each other, building on wh(...)

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 lure of sanctuary drives desperate Syrians, Syrian-Palestinians and Libyans to risk overland smuggling networks and sea passages on rickety fishin(...)

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(...)

Anti-immigration: graffiti on a street in Catania. Photograph: Frank Miller

‘Caccia all’immigrato,” or hunt the migrant. For 10 days this month the working-class Rome suburb of Corcolle has been the theatre of familiar tension(...)