Refugees and migrants walk towards a makeshift camp near the village of Idomeni, Greece, on Monday. Photograph:  Alexandros Avramidis/Reuters

A controversial plan to tackle Europe’s refugee crisis has made no immediate impact on numbers of migrants reaching Greece from Turkey, as the Mediter(...)

 Residents of Idomeni refugee camp. If people’s hopes are finally crushed the reaction here could be violent. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Vans selling fruit, snacks and sim cards do a brisk trade, barbers trim hair and beards, and women neatly arrange their families’ shoes outside their (...)

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan welcomes European Council president Donald Tusk before their meeting in Istanbul. Photograph: Yasin Bulbul/Reuters

The European Union has expressed cautious optimism that Turkey will agree to reaccept migrants who do not qualify for asylum in the EU, in a potential(...)

European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos listens to questions as he addresses a press conference on the EU’s reaction to the migrant crisis ahead of an EU leaders summit with Turkey. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunad/AFP/Getty Images.

The European Commission has given EU member states until the end of the year to phase out all border checks introduced in the wake of the refugee cris(...)

Migrants and refugees rest inside the old airport building in Athens, which is used as a temporary hosting shelter, on Friday. Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA.

The European Union’s top migration official has warned of a looming refugee “disaster” for the bloc, as Greece struggles to handle rising numbers of (...)

Children sit near a fire as migrants and refugees wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, northern Greece. Photograph: Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP/Getty Images

Tensions between EU member states flared yesterday as Greece recalled its ambassador to Austria and a senior EU official warned that Europe had 10 day(...)

Greek policemen removing Afghan migrants from the border and conducting them to the bus, near Gevgelija, Macedonia. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

The European Union has warned of a possible humanitarian crisis in Greece, which is struggling to cope with rising numbers of migrants trapped on its(...)

Germany chancellor Angela Merkel, under continuing domestic political pressure over the refugee crisis, welcomed what she described as progress at the EU summit in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

EU countries have agreed to prioritise a plan to stem the numbers of refugees arriving from Turkey, as countries remained divided on the refugee cris(...)

Refugees wait on a Greek coastguard ship on the island of Lesbos on Thursday after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey.  Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

EU leaders meeting in Brussels on the first day of a two-day summit pledged to intensify their efforts to tackle the refugee crisis, revealing growing(...)

EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos  praised Athens and Rome for a “spectacular” increase in how many arrivals they are fingerprinting but said they were still falling short. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/EPA

EU states took a new step towards a two-year suspension of their open-borders zone yesterday as the European Commission again rebuked them for failing(...)

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