Refugees and migrants sleep outside the registration and transit camp near Gevegelija, in he Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia have started restricting access to migrants on the Balkan route to Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Balkan states are continuing to tighten their frontiers to thousands of migrants trying to reach western Europe, despite scuffles and rising tensio(...)

Reem Akkad, a Syrian-American woman who was born in Michigan and who grew up in the US, Syria and other parts of the Middle East. She is a board member of Syrian American Rescue Network, a non-political and non-religious group of volunteers in southern-eastern Michigan set up to help Syrians settle in the US. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Lujain Breijawi and her cousin Alaa Breijawi, both 24, sit in their rented home in a Detroit suburb in Michigan, as Alaa’s daughter Hind (4) plays beh(...)

Phaw Shee and Say Law La Say : ‘We had three weeks to study about Ireland and learn the English language.” Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

The first day of school in Castlebar was a nerve-wracking experience for Say Law La Say. Her family had just arrived from Thailand where they had l(...)

A girl   at a transit camp housing migrants and refugees in Slavonski Brod, Croatia. Photograph: Elvis Barukcicelvis/AFP/Getty Images

Smugglers transporting refugees and migrants across the Mediterranean are cutting their prices by half in a bid to boost traffic during the winter mon(...)

Germany chancellor Angela Merkel and Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras chat after a meeting over the Balkan refugee crisis. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters.

The European Commission announced €5.9 million in emergency funding for Greece yesterday, a day after a mini-summit in Brussels agreed on a 17-poin(...)

A migrant mother waits to enter a makeshift camp at the Austrian Slovenian border near the village of Sentilj. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Sunday pledged to increase capacity at reception centres along the Western Balkans route and send extra police force(...)

A Syrian refugee tries to keep his children warm after being rescued by Greek fishermen on the Greek island of Lesbos on Monday. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

More than half a million refugees and migrants have arrived by sea in Greece this year and the rate of arrivals is rising with more than 8,000 coming (...)

Migrants walk along a road after crossing the border with Serbia in Babska, Croatia October 19th, 2015. The Balkans struggled with a growing backlog of migrants on Monday after Hungary sealed its southern border and Slovenia tried to impose a limit, leaving thousands stranded. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Slovenia’s parliament is expected to approve changes to its laws later on Tuesday to enable the army to help police guard the border, as thousands (...)

A group of migrants cross the border before Hungarian soldiers closed the border between Hungary and Croatia in Zakany on October 16, 2015. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

The first bus full of migrants has arrived at a Slovenian border crossing with Croatia on Saturday, the Slovenian police said, after Hungary shut its(...)

In  France, police escort buses with migrants who tried to walk through the Channel Tunnel to Britain overnight. Senior figures have criticised Britain’s plan to take in just 20,000 refugees over the next five years. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Some of Britain’s most senior former judicial figures criticised prime minister David Cameron’s government yesterday for its response to the EU migra(...)