migration

A cartoonish look at migration: Europe at the Donmar reviewed

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Europe. Big word. Big theme. It was used by David Greig as the title of his 1994 play about frontiers…

Why flee France?

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Pitching your tent for weeks on end in the cold and mud, with no power or plumbing. Running in a…

Iran’s boat people — and why they’re coming to Britain

5 January 2019 9:00 am

When the migrant crisis started, about three years ago, it was seen as a mainly Syrian affair. Caught in the…

Migrating cranes in Vasterbotten, Sweden

The swallows that herald spring

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Sweet lovers, Shakespeare reminds us, love the spring. How can they not? All that wonderfully wanton colour, all that sensual…

The new age of the refugee

22 July 2017 9:00 am

After years of estrangement in a foreign land, what can immigrants expect to find on their return home? The remembered…

300 signatures can be wrong. How about 2 million?

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Name check 306 business people signed a letter to the Daily Telegraph saying that Britain would be better off outside…

Why Britain (and Europe) depends on migrants

26 March 2016 9:00 am

This is perhaps not the best moment in history to extol migrants from the developing world or Eastern Europe, but…

Britain’s determination to kill itself makes my blood boil

20 February 2016 9:00 am

   Gstaad The locals here in the beautiful Saanen valley are split over the migrant crisis. Switzerland does not belong…

Could a change of body language make a difference to American policing?

9 January 2016 9:00 am

One of the most shocking items of recent news has been the bald statistic that the number of people shot…

Angela Merkel will survive – but will the soul of post-war Germany?

29 October 2015 9:00 am

As Angela Merkel approaches her tenth anniversary in power, Germans are talking about a possible Kanzlerinnendämmerung — a ‘twilight of…

Merkel’s grandstanding on Syrian refugees will lead to many more deaths at sea

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Of all the irresponsible decisions taken in recent years by European politicians, few will cause as much human misery as…

Cameron’s talking to the wrong Libyan government. He should call my old driver

15 August 2015 9:00 am

When I covered Libya’s revolution in 2011, I had a driver named Mashallah. Mashallah was a decent and stoical man…

Mykonos has turned into hell (I still blame Jackie Kennedy)

15 August 2015 9:00 am

The wind is maddening and constant, and gets stronger as the sun falls below the horizon. The streets are lined…

If you really want to help refugees, look beyond the Mediterranean

8 August 2015 9:00 am

For all its difficulties, Europe is prosperous and safe: one of the best places on Earth. Many other societies have…

Eritrean migrants face many dangers. Are we one of them?

6 June 2015 9:00 am

A few weeks ago someone very dear to me passed on a question about The Spectator, asked them by a…

The ‘start-up cities’ of Ancient Greece

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Honduras wants to establish start-up cities to experiment with alternative economic, regulatory, and legal systems. Could this concept help stop…

How Lampedusa copes when the migrant ships come in

2 May 2015 9:00 am

 Lampedusa The young hang about in packs or speed around town, two to a scooter. Old women group together on…

I got a call from Jeremy Hunt about health tourism — but he still doesn't get it

2 November 2013 9:00 am

On Monday morning, Jeremy Hunt’s diary secretary rang me to arrange a time for me to speak to the Secretary…

Portrait of the week

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Home Having recalled Parliament to debate British military action over Syria, David Cameron, the Prime Minister, found the government defeated,…

Migration Hotspots, by Tim Harris - review

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Consider for a moment the plight of the willow warbler. Russian birds of this species fly between eastern Siberia and…