A migrant  being rescued at sea after diving from the Open Arms ship off the coast of Lampedusa, southern Italy. Photograph: EPA/Italian Coast Guard

Beside Khoms Souq al Khamis migrant detention centre, in northwest Libya, bodies are washing up on the shore. It’s been nearly a month since as many (...)

Italian deputy PM and leader of the League party Matteo Salvini: said the boats were not Rome’s problem. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini said on Tuesday he was working to prevent two rescue ships operated by French and Spanish charities from brin(...)

The detained migrants were sent to detention centres such as this one  in Tripoli. Photograph: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

The Libyan coast guard has stopped 113 migrants trying to reach Italy over the past two days, the United Nations said on Wednesday, as boat departures(...)

Migrants in a shelter who were relocated from government-run detention centres after being trapped by clashes between rival groups in Tripoli, Libya. Photograph: Hani Amara/Reuters

For refugees and migrants in Libyan detention centres, a phone marks the difference between life and death. They’re carefully hidden, topped up by con(...)

A Spanish rescue  boat carries rescued migrants to the port of Almeria, southern Spain, on Sunday. Photograph: Carlos Barba/EPA

Fewer people are making the journey across the Mediterranean to Europe, but the proportion of those losing their lives while trying has risen sharply,(...)

Search and rescue: some of the migrants picked up in the Mediterranean Sea. Photograph: SOS Mediterranée/AFP

A bitter standoff between Italy and Malta over a boat carrying hundreds of migrants that neither country would allow to dock was resolved on Monday af(...)

A girl is covered with a blanket as refugees and migrants arrive on a dinghy on the shore near the city of Mytilene on the Greek island of Lesbos, on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters

Refugees and migrants arriving in Europe will be sent back across the Aegean sea under the terms of a deal between the EU and Turkey that came into fo(...)

Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu and European Council president Donald Tusk hold a news conference at the end of the EU-Turkey summit in Brussels on Tuesday. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The United Nations has warned that a proposed scheme to return migrants from Europe to Turkey could contravene international law, just hours after EU(...)

Greek construction workers prepare temporary housing on the outskirts of Athens to shelter migrants now living in a city park. Photograph:  Yiannis Kourtoglou/Reuters

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has asked Europe to help in handling tens of thousands of refugees coming from Syria, Afghanistan and other war zo(...)

 President Michael D Higgins. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has described the EU’s response to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean as “grossly inadequate” and “shameful”. Mr H(...)