refugees

Migration in Europe is the ripple effect of the second world war

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Two words may pique the reader’s interest on the cover of this timely, panoramic history of Europe by the distinguished…

An inflatable boat with 47 migrants is rescued off Libya’s coast in January 2019. Credit: Getty Images

Desperate souls: Travellers, by Helon Habila, reviewed

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Death by water haunts the stories of Africans in Europe that flow through this fourth novel by Helon Habila. From…

What would you do if you were a Syrian migrant?

1 June 2019 9:00 am

‘Put yourself in their shoes,’ says Zahra Mackaoui, a British-Lebanese journalist who has been following the stories of refugees from…

All the world’s a stage: Luwam Teklizgi (Rita) and Toby Jones (Peter) in BBC2’s forthcoming Don’t Forget the Driver

Toby Jones on the allure of the everyman – and the glamour of coach-driving

16 March 2019 9:00 am

Toby Jones shuffles into the café in Clapham where we are meeting. He’s wearing a duffle coat and a hat…

Turning back boats may be the most humane response to the migrant crisis

23 June 2018 9:00 am

The photographs of children in cages at US migration centres, apparently separated from the parents with whom they illegally entered…

It’s hard to preserve the primacy of head over heart while watching this doc about refugees

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Anybody who wants to maintain a strong and untroubled stance against mass migration to Europe should probably avoid BBC2’s Exodus:…

Seeing the light

23 September 2017 9:00 am

‘You can’t lie… on radio,’ says Liza Tarbuck. The Radio 2 DJ was being interviewed for the network’s birthday portrait,…

Poor old Ron and Pen, just trying to help

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Here’s the problem. An Asian bloke gets on to the Tube holding a bulging Lidl bag with wires sticking out…

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…

Devastation after the collapse of the Twin Towers (Photo: Getty)

How trauma is passed down through the generations in our DNA

23 April 2016 9:00 am

Sue Armstrong’s programme on Radio 4 All in the Womb (produced by Ruth Evans) should be required listening for anyone…

If the migrant crisis goes on like this, there may be no EU for Britain to leave

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Imagine if Nigel Farage declared that police should be ready to shoot migrants trying to make it from Calais to…

Portrait of the week

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said that if Britain left the European Union, France could stop allowing British officials…

The next immigration crisis

13 February 2016 9:00 am

In Istanbul, signs of the Syrian influx are everywhere. Syrian mothers sit on pavements clutching babies wrapped in blankets; children…

While we weren't looking, the Taleban surged back in Afghanistan

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Amid all the chaos in the Middle East, the breakdown of borders and states, a new threat is fast emerging.…

Radio is flowering because it’s so much more potent than TV

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Who would have thought in this visually obsessed age of YouTube, selfies and Instagram that radio, pure audio, no images…

Europe’s chaos vindicates decisions Britain has made

21 November 2015 9:00 am

To say that the Paris attacks could have happened in Britain is not enough. Such attacks are being attempted here…

How Lebanon is coping with more than a million Syrian refugees

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Beirut If any of the Syrian refugees who have made it to the relative safety of Europe have been watching…

Tony Abbott is right about immigration - and turning back boats

29 October 2015 9:00 am

For many years, Australia has been turning away boats filled with migrants. From a remove, this looks cold–hearted — a…

From top left: Lucian Freud, Rudolf Bing, Stefan Zweig, Walter Gropius, Rudolf Laban, Max Born, Kurt Schwitters, Friedrich Hayek, Fritz Busch, Frank Auerbach, Emeric Pressburger, Oskar Kokoschka

German refugees transformed British cultural life - but at a price

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Next week Frank Auerbach will be honoured by the British art establishment with a one-man show at Tate Britain. It’s…

Meet the librarians – and book borrowers – of the Calais Jungle

19 September 2015 8:00 am

Sikander and I are sitting at a small table in a small shed. The shed is filled floor-to-ceiling with books:…

The birth of the plastic bag (blame Sweden)

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Old bags The government announced details of a compulsory 5p charge for single-use plastic bags in shops. Plastic bags have…

Charles Moore’s Notes: Mr Cameron swings wildly between toughness and compassion

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Presumably Britain has some sort of policy on immigration, asylum and refugees, but instead of struggling to understand it, you…

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…

Turning back refugee boats saves lives - as Australia found out

12 September 2015 9:00 am

 Sydney Most ordinary Australians are shocked that our immensely civilised country is reviled in polite society here and abroad, when…