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 wait to cross the Serbian border into Croatia at Bapska last week. Tens of thousands have passed through there in recent weeks. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty

Though weary and far from homes they may never see again, there was relief among people walking towards the remote Croatian village of Bapska yesterd(...)

Hungarian police officers control the border line as a migrant man carrying his child walks by at the Horgos border crossing into the Hungary, near Horgos, Serbia, on Tuesday. Photograph: Darko Vojinovic/AP Photo

Hundreds of asylum seekers were preparing to bed down at Serbia’s border with Hungary on Tuesday night, after the Budapest government sealed the front(...)

Residents waiting in line to receive food aid distributed in the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp, Damascus, in January 2014. Many Palestinian refugees fled the camp after it was overrun by al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra fighters. Photograph:  United Nation Relief and Works Agency via Getty Images

“The journey began on 9/11 and ended on 11/9,” said Jamil with a wry smile. A smuggler driver, contacted weeks earlier, rang on September 10th last ye(...)

 A youth carries a young boy in a makeshift sling as they walk towards waiting buses at the Hungarian border with Serbia. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Now he was finally in Austria, Ahman Urabi realised how close he had been to doing something that would have left him penniless, and could have been d(...)

A Macedonian policeman lifts his baton against refugees and migrants as they wait to cross the border from Greece into Macedonia. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Macedonian guards were filmed threatening refugees with batons and at times appearing to strike them, as thousands of people, including parents with c(...)

Migrants enter Hungary from Serbia at the temporary border fence  near the village of Roszke, 180km southeast of Budapest. Photograph: Sandor Ujvari/MTI via AP

Hungary may declare a national crisis due to ever-greater numbers of migrants arriving in the country, officials said yesterday, as trains heading we(...)

Macedonia announced it was considering building a Hungarian-style border fence to stem a rising influx of migrants from the south. Photograph: Robert Atanasavoski/AFP/Getty Images

Austrian rail company OeBB said on Thursday that train services between Austria and Hungary will be suspended at least for the rest of Thursday becaus(...)

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 (...)

Migrants charging their mobile phones at Keleti railway station in Budapest last week. Photograph: Herbert P Oczeret/EPA 1:40

In the fields and orchards on the border between Serbia and Hungary, groups of refugees and migrants huddle in the shade and wait for a chance to dash(...)