Priti Patel is to introduce new laws which campaigners say could see thousands of refugees turned away and vulnerable migrants criminalised for seeking a better life. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Ministers in the UK are to reveal proposals for a suite of new laws paving the way for offshore centres for asylum seekers and criminal charges for mi(...)

Ruban Hambakachere from Zambia during a protest march in Dublin in 2013 as part of a national day of action to end direct provision. File photograph: David Sleator

Just as an earthquake exposes flaws in a city’s design and structure, the Covid-19 pandemic has revealed weaknesses peculiar to each of the states whe(...)

Dutch lawyer Andre Seebregts  arrives at the courthouse in The Hague, on November 1st, 2019, to assist 23 women who are blocked at a refugee camp in northern Syria. Photograph: Koen Van Weel/ANP/AFP

In an indication of the quandary facing many EU countries, the Dutch government has said it will appeal against a court ruling that it must make “all (...)

Stephen Hawking: Along with Hawking’s wheelchair, the auction will include a script from his ‘Simpsons’ guest appearance, and a thumbprint-signed copy of ‘A Brief History of Time’. Photograph: Andrew Parsons/PA

Stephen Hawking’s motorised wheelchair is to be sold by Christie’s over the Halloween period as part of a week-long online auction. Twenty-two lots r(...)

Lisa Doyle, the Refugee Council’s head of advocacy, said: “When we are facing the greatest refugee crisis of our time, it is disappointing the prime minister [David Cameron, above] is using flippant remarks to score political points.” Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

David Cameron has been condemned over his response to the refugee crisis in Europe after describing people in a camp in Calais as a “bunch of migrants(...)

Students from Stratford College, Dublin; Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ, Limerick; Coláiste Dhúlaigh, Dublin; and Newtown School, Waterford, read  out the Scroll of Names at the Holocaust Memorial Day. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Parallels can be drawn between European states’ failure to offer sanctuary to Jews during the Holocaust and the refugee crisis facing the continent to(...)

A migrant wrapped with her child in a thermal blanket waits for a train to Croatia at a train station in Presevo, Serbia, this week.  Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Fifty-nine Syrians and 139 Afghans were denied entry to the State by immigration officials last year. Figures released by Minister for Justice Franc(...)

Migrants and refugees queue at a camp to be register after crossing the Macedonian-Greek border near Gevgelija. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland should increase its intake of refugees under relocation and resettlement schemes to 22,000, according to a report to be published on Sunday. (...)

Migrants walk along the railway tracks of the Eurotunnel terminal at the Calais-Frethun station outside the northern French port of Calais on August 10th, 2015. Photograph: FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP/Getty Images

When you’re facing the world’s biggest refugee crisis since the second world war, it helps to have a sober debate about how to respond. But to do that(...)

Lorries queue along the M20 in Kent outside Ashford, south east of London. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

British prime minister David Cameron’s description of migrants trying to reach Britain as a “swarm” has been condemned as “inflammatory” and “disgrace(...)

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