Hivrun Kurdi with her children in the shelter where they are living in Bramsche, Germany. The death of her nephew Alan Kurdi (2), which focused the world on refugees, was just one chapter of a sprawling family’s story in its desperate attempts to escape Syria and find a new home. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

When Alan Kurdi’s tiny body washed up on a beach in Turkey, forcing the world to grasp the pain of Syria’s refugees, the two-year-old was just one mem(...)

There is an old adage that says “charity begins at home”. Unfortunately, this is often a flippant excuse for people who remain unwilling to support ch(...)

Refugees paddling a rubber dinghy approach the beach at Psalidi near Kos Town, Kos, Greece in August this year. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

The number of refugees and migrants arriving by land and sea in the European Union has passed 1 million this year, while a further 3,600 died or went (...)

Migrants walking through a field to cross the border from Greece to Macedonia near the Greek village of Idomeni on August 29th. Photograph:   Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

The number of people forcibly displaced worldwide is likely to have “far surpassed” a record 60 million this year, mainly driven by the Syrian war and(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel   in Berlin. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel holds crunch talks in Berlin today to quell growing tensions in her government over the refugee crisis, now likely to (...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe: accused of not understanding Europe’s refugee crisis. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images.

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe finally answered critics of his government’s asylum policies this week with a short blast of realpolitik: Japan must(...)

Refugees trying to board a train at the border between Serbia and Croatia near the city of Tovarnik, Croatia, on  September 17th. Photograph: EPA/GREGOR FISCHER

Earlier this week the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees addressed the European Parliament in Brussels. Criticising the EU’s lack of unity on the ref(...)

A child cries as migrants force their way through police lines at Tovarnik station to board a train bound for Zagreb, Croatia,   September 17th, 2015. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Croatia has said it will close its border with Serbia if another 8,000 migrants enter the newest EU member in one day, interior minister Ranko Ostoji(...)

A migrant child walks after arriving by train to the main railway station in Munich, Germany on Sunday. Austria and Germany threw open their borders to thousands of exhausted migrants on Saturday, bussed to the Hungarian border by a government that tried to stop them but was overwhelmed. Photograph: Reuters/Michael Dalder

The German government will spend an extra €6 billion to cope with this year’s record influx of refugees, the ruling coalition said on Monday. State an(...)

 Migrants on the railway tracks near Tatabanya, 57km west of Budapest, Hungary. Photograph: Balazs Mohai/EPA/

The UN has criticised the European Union’s response to the migration crisis, urging the bloc to accept up to 200,000 extra refugees amid continuing di(...)