A Rohingya migrant who arrived by boat holds her child at Julok village in Kuta Binje, Indonesia’s Aceh Province, on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters

Indonesia and Malaysia agreed yesterday to take in thousands of migrants stranded at sea until they can be sent home or resettled in a third country,(...)

Migrants at the Abu Salim detention centre in Tripoli, where men sleep on pads completely covering the floors of two rooms, bedbugs swarming around them. Arab and African migrants are churning through Libya – where border security is nearly nonexistent, corruption is rampant and human smuggling operations are growing ever more callous and brazen – and boarding boats to cross the Mediterranean. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/New York Times

The two eight-year-old Eritrean boys had ridden for days across the deserts of Ethiopia, Sudan and Libya, packed in the back of a truck with two ot(...)

The response at Thursday’s emergency EU Council meeting to the migrant drownings in the Mediterranean has been described rightly as “woefully(...)

Video grab showing  migrants on a boat during a Triton rescue operation. The head of EU border agency Frontex has said that  the border patrol mission cannot become a search and rescue operation. Photograph: Guardia Costiera/AFP/Getty Images

The head of the EU border agency has said that saving migrants’ lives in the Mediterranean should not be the priority for the maritime patrols he is i(...)

Local residents and rescue workers help a migrant woman after a boat carrying migrants sank off the island of Rhodes, southeastern Greece, on April 20th, 2015.  Photograph: Argiris Mantikos/AFP/Getty Images

Figures compiled by the International Organisation for Migration show that, as of last Thursday, the Italian Coast Guard, the Italian Navy and commerc(...)

 Crew members of the Italian Coast Guard ship Gregoretti prepare to disembark one of the bodies of some of the 700 victms of the migrant boat tragedy in Valletta, Malta on Monday. Photograph: Ivan Consiglio/EPA  1:00

An Italian patrol ship arrived in Malta on Monday with 24 corpses recovered out of hundreds feared drowned after a migrant boat capsized in the Medite(...)

Chinese soldiers  keep watch as Chinese people prepare to depart for their country during an evacuation from Yemen at a sea port in the western port city of Hodeidah, on Monday. China said  it was sending a naval fleet to help evacuate its citizens from Yemen  after Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes on its southern neighbour last week. Photograph: EPA

An air strike killed at least 40 people at a camp for displaced people in north Yemen yesterday, humanitarian workers said, in an attack that apparen(...)

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(...)