Migrants intercepted off the coast in the Mediterranean Sea line up after arriving on a rescue boat at the port of Malaga in Spain. Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

Worldwide, the number of migrants has increased to more than 250 million, or just over 4 per cent of the world’s population. Sixty eight million of t(...)

Ellie Kisyombe, from Dublin, at a rally calling for an end to the direct provision system for asylum seekers. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill
Asylum: the wait goes on

The treatment of asylum seekers in this State is so unsatisfactory that the United Nations High Commission for Refugees has, once again, intervened on(...)

Israeli prime minister Binjamin Netanyahu. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

In a dramatic last-minute U-turn, Israel has cancelled the deportation of some 35,000 African asylum seekers that was due to begin in the coming days.(...)

The Famine Warhouse 1848,  a commemorative visitor centre run by the OPW, outside Ballingarry in Co Tipperary.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Taoiseach has said the best way to remember those who died in Ireland’s Great Famine of the 1840s is to help their “modern-day equivalents” by wel(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney discussed his recent visit to the Middle East in a bilateral meeting with British foreign secretary Boris Johnson in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

EU foreign ministers, in an extended debate on people-smuggling on the central Mediterranean route between Libya and Italy, have agreed to extend the (...)

Refugee crisis: migrants arrive on the northern shore of the Greek island of Lesbos in 2015.  Legislation enacted that year has made it harder for the families of refugees and migrants to join them in Ireland. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/New York Times

Concern has been expressed that recent legislation has made it harder for the families of refugees and migrants to join them in Ireland. Under the I(...)

Libin, a Somali refugee, says goodbye to her friends at Kakuma airstrip as she prepares to depart for a new life in US. Photograph: Ruairi Casey

“California, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico. ” Libin lists the states over a plate of injera bread inside an Ethiopian restaurant, growing more excited as s(...)

A direct provision centre in Galway. New procedures to speed up applications for asylum should significantly cut the length of time asylum-seekers spend in direct provision centres.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

New procedures to speed up applications for asylum, which have just come into effect in Ireland, should significantly cut the length of time asylum-se(...)

Mike Butcher of TechCrunch, and Louise Fuchs of Schibsted media group, at Oslo Innovation Week. “We  don’t believe an app is going to solve the refugee crisis but . . . these things might help,” said Butcher.  Photograph: Gorm K Gaare/EUP-Berlin

While a new app or two won’t solve the refugee crisis, technology is key to bringing about social change in authoritarian societies and is a powerful(...)

Young Syrian refugees   in the Faydha refugee camp, near Zahle, in the Bekaa Valley,   Lebanon. There are approximately 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Photograph: Nabil Mounzer/EPA

In mid-September I visited Halba in northern Lebanon, approximately 40km from the Syrian border. People there have been living in soaring temperatures(...)

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