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(...)

A Syrian refugee girl makes tea inside a caravan at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria. The UN World Food Programme has said it is restarting food aid for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt after it received enough donations to fund the halted programme. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

The United Nations refugee agency urged rich nations on Tuesday to show solidarity with Syria’s neighbours by making pledges to resettle the most vuln(...)

Aid agencies have assessed that 78 million people are in need of assistance. Above, a displaced boy, who fled from Islamic State violence in Mosul, stands in refugee camp on the outskirts of the Kurdish city of Arbil. Photograph:  Azad Lashkari/Reuters

Struggling to cope with record numbers of victims of conflict, the United Nations appealed Monday for $16.4 billion (€13.3 billion) to finance humanit(...)

Syrian Kurd refugees pass a child to waiting hands on the Turkish side of the border, just west of Kobani in Syria. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

After nearly four years, Syria’s neighbours say they have reached breaking point in their hosting of millions of civil war refugees, warning a Berl(...)

Turkish soldiers are seen yesterday on top of an armoured vehicle, with the Syrian town of Kobani in the background, near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border, in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc. Photograph: Reuters/Murad Sezer

The main Kurdish armed group in Syria called on its kinsmen across the region to help it stop a massacre in the Syrian town of Kobani as Islamic St(...)

Kurdish Syrian refugees stand in a truck at the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province. A UN report today says that the number of people seeking asylum this year is on track to hit a 20-year high. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters.

Wars in Syria and Iraq, and instability elsewhere are driving ever more people to seek asylum in wealthy nations, with requests on track to hit a 20-y(...)

US president Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington yesterday before departing for Estonia. Photograph: Reuters/Larry Downing

US president Barack Obama will visit ex-Soviet Estonia today, before a summit of Nato members that will focus on how to respond to Russia’s alleged d(...)

A Syrian refugee woman carries her son as she walks at Azraq refugee camp near Al Azraq area, east of Amman this month. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

The first of several hundred Syrian refugees that the State has agreed to take have arrived in Ireland. The 17 refugees include a number of seriously (...)

Syrian refugee children stand in front of their family residence at Azraq refugee camp near Al Azraq, east of Amman. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighbouring countries as of Friday, an exodus that began in March 2011 and shows no sign of aba(...)

French president François Hollande Élysée Palace in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

France has said it wants to convene Arab states, Iran and key world powers to co-ordinate a broad response against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Is(...)