Disaster management officials and relief workers are still struggling to establish contact with many islands that bore the brunt of Cyclone Pam’s winds of more than 300 km/h on Friday and Saturday.  Photograph: Graham Crumb/EPA 0:59

International aid agencies began emergency flights on Tuesday to some of the remote outer islands of Vanuatu, which they fear have been devastated by (...)

Migrants on board an Italian Navy vessel on December 24th, 2014. Photograph: Italian Navy/EPA

Nearly 1,250 migrants have so far been rescued in the Mediterranean over the Christmas period and five bodies have been recovered, Italian officials s(...)

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(...)

Turkish gendarmes stand next to bodies retrieved from the sea after a boat sank in the Bosphorus strait near Istanbul today.  Seven people were rescued. Photograph: Osman Orsal/Reuters

At least two dozen migrants lost their lives today when a boat sank near Istanbul in northern Turkey, sparking a major air and sea rescue operation(...)

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(...)

A family fleeing the violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul wait at a checkpoint in the outskirts of Arbil in Iraq’s Kurdistan region yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Sunni rebels from an al Qaeda splinter group overran the Iraqi city of Tikrit today and closed in on the biggest oil refinery in the country, making f(...)

For desperate people, death can seem a gamble worth taking. Photograph: Reuters

Migration can be summed up by a series of D words: demographics, disasters, demand, disparities and dreams. This year there’s a new D: desperation.The(...)

Unemployed immigrants in Ireland are less likely to be getting social welfare assistance than unemployed natives, an international conference on migration has heard.

Unemployed immigrants in Ireland are less likely to be getting social welfare assistance than unemployed natives, an international conference on migra(...)