A makeshift camp near Idomeni and close to the Greek-Macedonian border: how “honoured” are these “guests”? Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP

The Greeks have the same word for “stranger” and “guest” – xenos. Why? Because the arrival of a foreigner inevitably triggers the instinct and obligat(...)

Children cover their faces to protect themselves from dust amid strong winds at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni on Wednesday. Photograph:  Daniel Mihailescu/ AFP/Getty Images

Visa-free travel for Turkish citizens travelling to the EU may be agreed as early as May 4th, the European Commission said on Wednesday, as it reporte(...)

Migrants in a dinghy boat ask for help off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa.  File photograph: Patrick Bar/SOS Mediterranee via AP

Hundreds of people are feared to have drowned in the southern Mediterranean last week, in what would be the deadliest migrant shipwreck in months. A (...)

Migrants and refugees clash with riot police during a protest to call for the reopening of the borders at their makeshift camp in the northern border village of Idomeni, on April 7, 2016.  A plan to send back migrants from Greece to Turkey sparked demonstrations by local residents in both countries days before the deal brokered by the European Union is set to be implemented. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC

“The conception of human rights based upon the assumed existence of a human being as such broke down at the very moment when those who professed to be(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: “Committed to further building . . . relationship with China.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A vote by Ireland at the United Nations Human Rights Council condemning China’s human rights record was “entirely consistent” with European Union pol(...)

Refugees from Afghanistan and Pakistan at a detention centre in Lesbos protest on Tuesday against their impending deportation to Turkey. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

Four days after the deportation by the EU border agency Frontex of the first group of migrants from Greece to Turkey following the signing of the EU-A(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney old the Cabinet his department had been contacted by the Chinese government expressing concern about a recent vote at the UNHCR. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Government has been warned by the Chinese authorities that a vote by Ireland at the United Nations Human Rights Council could have consequences fo(...)

Migrants board  a ferry in the port of Mytilene, Lesbos island, Greece, on April 4th.  Photograph: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

Just hours before the first deportations of migrants from Greece to Turkey under the European Union’s controversial agreement with Ankara took place,(...)

Frontex police escort migrants, who are being deported from Lesbos, on to a ferry before it returns to Turkey on April 4th, 2016 in Lesbos, Greece. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

In an early morning operation conducted under heavy security, the first deportations of migrants and asylum seekers from Greece to Turkey under the re(...)

Migrants and refugees collect firewood in the makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni, on Thursday. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Refugee and rights groups have raised serious concerns about a European Union plan to stem the migration crisis, as Greece and Turkey rush to be ready(...)