Actor and  United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees special envoy Angelina Jolie listens to Maltese military officers discussing rescue at sea operations for refugees at a military base in Valetta, Malta. Photograph: EPA/Pete Muller

About 500 migrants drowned after the boat carrying them from Egypt to Malta was apparently deliberately sunk by people-traffickers, an international m(...)

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(...)

Refugees gather in an internally displaced persons camp which was set up for Nigerians fleeing the violence committed against them by Boko Haram. Photograph: Samuel Ini/Reuters.

Islamist Boko Haram insurgents overran most of a northeastern Nigerian town today after hours of fighting that killed scores and displaced thousands (...)

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(...)

A refugee camp for Yazidis near the town of Zakho, Iraq. The United Nations refugee agency today said it was launching a major aid operation to get supplies to more than half a million people displaced by fighting in northern Iraq. Photograph: EPA.

Iraqi forces launched an offensive today to drive Islamic State fighters out of Tikrit, home town of executed dictator Saddam Hussein, while the milit(...)

Displaced children from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, rest after they re-enter Iraq from Syria at the border crossing in Fishkhabour yesterday. Photograph: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

The humanitarian crisis in Iraq remains complex and highly dangerous for hundreds of thousands of people, even after the lifting of the Islamic State (...)

A worker carries an African child immigrant who arrived on a rescue ship at the southern Spanish port of Tarifa, near Cadiz in southern Spain yesterday.  Photograph: Reuters/Jon Nazca

Spanish emergency services picked up 470 immigrants travelling in dozens of rafts across the Strait of Gibraltar on yesterday and 227 from the same st(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said issues such as welfare payments for adults and children, restrictions to third-level education and supports for children will be among the issues to be examined 1:34

The Government is to establish a working group next month to review the State’s controversial direct provision system for asylum seekers.Minister for (...)

Refugees leave the Italian Navy ship ‘Etna’, which rescued some  2,186 migrants off the Sicily coasts, as it arrives in Salerno, Southern Italy today. Photograph: Cesare Abbate/EPA.

Nineteen people died trying to reach Italy on a boat packed with hundreds of migrants, probably poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes from its engines, th(...)

UNHCR Ireland head of office Sophie Magennis: “This is further proof of the Irish Government’s commitment to finding solutions for refugees around the world.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

The UN’s refugee agency last night welcomed the State’s decision to resettle 220 refugees in 2015 and 2016, including many from war-torn Syria. The a(...)