Gráinne O’Hara: ‘The type of work I do is very, very compelling.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The decision to seek asylum in a foreign country is almost always a last resort. Most people are keen to stay as close to home as possible, remain (...)

A ruined street in the al-Katerji district of Aleppo, Syria. Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

For four years, Sami lived with the daily sound of mortars rattling his fourth floor apartment in Damascus. “Every day, every hour, people were dying(...)

Migrants wait on the Greek side of the border to enter Macedonia, en route to northern Europe on July 20th. Photograph:  Reuters/Ognen Teofilovski

In the first six months of this year, according to UNHCR, 137,000 people have made the journey across the Mediterranean. We are unsure of how many peo(...)

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai (C) shades her eyes against the sun at a school for Syrian refugee girls, built by the NGO Kayany Foundation, in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley on Sunday. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

Girls’ rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai has marked her 18th birthday by calling on world leaders to stop “failing” the people of Syria. Speaking at(...)

Syrian children are carried by a truck in east of Kobane in Syria on June 22nd  2015. Photograph: EPA

The number of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries has passed 4 million, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Thursday, adding that the total w(...)

Mosney reception centre for asylum seekers, in Co Meath. Photograph: Frank Miller

Official figures to be published today will show 250 people sought asylum in Ireland last month. The numbers so far this year – an average of 230 a (...)

‘There is rightly much pride in the life-saving work of the LÉ Eithne and its crew.’ Above, migrants wait to  disembark from the Irish Naval ship  LÉ Eithne at the Catania harbour,  on June 16th, 2015. Photograph: AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi

Footage of Irish naval personnel rescuing women, men and children in peril at sea has brought the crisis in the Mediterranean closer to home. There is(...)

A Palestinian man  waits for a travel permit to cross into Egypt at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip yesterday. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Israel has claimed the Israel Defence Forces’ operation in Gaza last summer was a moral, defensive war conducted in accordance with international law.(...)

Kurdish Syrian refugees in a truck at the Turkish-Syrian border, near the southeastern town of Suruc, in Sanliurfa province. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

The Government has agreed to take a further 300 Syrian refugees in the ongoing crisis, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil. Mr Kenny said the Cabin(...)

Crews from the LÉ Eithne rescuing migrants from a small craft in the Mediterranean at the weekend. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces /PA Wire

The Government has agreed to take a further 300 Syrian refugees in the ongoing crisis, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil. Mr Kenny said the Cabin(...)