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(...)

Migrants on board an Italian navy vessel as it cruises towards the Italian port of Messina on  Saturday. Photograph: AP

Smugglers responsible for putting migrants to sea in inadequate vessels say the growing death toll is not their fault and that they do not force refug(...)

A boat transporting migrants arrives in the Italian port of Messina after the rescue operation on Saturday: the milder weather has seen more than 12,000 people landing on Italy’s southern coasts in the last 10 days. Photograph: Giovanni Isolino/AFP/Getty Images 1:00

As Italy last night absorbed the impact of yet another horrendous mass drowning of boat people, a grim thought crossed many minds. With perhaps as man(...)

An officer looks at a monitor showing  the area where a boat believed to be crowded with  as many as 700 migrants capsized in the waters north of Libya on Sunday. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/AP

From the moment that the Matteo Renzi-led government announced last November that the Italian navy-run “Mare Nostrum” search-and-rescue operation in (...)

A Syrian refugee family waits near the Turkish-Syrian border after fleeing Syria, near Sanliurfa, Turkey, last year. Photo: EPA/ULAS YUNUS TOSUN

As the crisis in Syria enters its fifth year, the UN’s refugee agency has appealed for countries do more to intervene in what it says it one of the bi(...)

The UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, has drawn up radical plans for an “orderly relocation” of thousands of Syrian refugees from southern Europe to richer countries in the north. Photograph: Jordan Pix/Getty Images

The UN has drawn up radical plans for an “orderly relocation” of thousands of Syrian refugees from southern Europe to richer countries in the north, a(...)

Sophie Magennis, UNHCR Ireland’s head of office, called for the length of time asylum seekers spend awaiting decisions on their asylum applications to be reduced, in order to limit the negative effects highlighted in the ‘Towards a New Beginning’ report. Photograph: Eric Luke

The length of time asylum seekers spend in State-funded accommodation is leading to dependency and disempowerment among some of those seeking protect(...)

A line of hearses as the bodies of migrants are unloaded from an Italian ship at Lampedusa harbour, Italy, yesterday. More than 330 migrants are feared dead following the most serious string of accidents in the Mediterranean since the start of the year. Photograph: EPA

The recent Mediterranean tragedy in which up to 400 African migrants may have died has prompted criticism of the EU’s Triton border control mission. W(...)

The Italian Coast Guard help  migrants disembark from their boat  after a rescue operation off the coast of Lampedusa Monday. Photograph: AFP

An estimated 300 people probably died this week after attempting to reach Italy from Libya in stormy weather, the UN refugee agency said on Wednesd(...)

Peter Sutherland: “Enormously proud to be the president of this globally respected organisation.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former attorney general Peter Sutherland has been elected president of the International Catholic Migration Commission. His election has been approved(...)