The rewards of being the ‘asylum capital of the world’

13 July 2024 9:00 am

Matthew Lockwood traces Britain’s long history as a haven for refugees and argues that the nation has benefitted greatly over the centuries as a result

Saviours of souls: the heroism of lifeboat crews

10 February 2024 9:00 am

Helen Doe’s moving history of the RNLI celebrates the volunteers who, over the centuries, have risked their own lives for those in peril on the sea

Refugee lives: The Singularity, by Balsam Karam, reviewed

20 January 2024 9:00 am

The stories of two tragic mothers are interwoven in a haunting novel revolving around war, displacement, despair and the loss of children

Soapy and sentimental: Ken Loach’s The Old Oak reviewed

30 September 2023 9:00 am

Ken Loach has said The Old Oak will be his last film – he’s 87; the golf course probably beckons.…

Other worlds, other lives

12 August 2023 9:00 am

A scientist finds a way to access other realities and bequeaths the secret to her daughter. But a dangerous adversary is on the trail

Rishi Sunak is right about illegal migration

15 July 2023 9:00 am

The Illegal Migration Bill is having a distorting effect on the Tory party. It has put Theresa May and Iain…

Broken dreams

8 July 2023 9:00 am

Interviewing the Continent’s refugees and poorest rural inhabitants, Ben Judah reveals a world far removed from Brussels politics or Eurovision optimism

A visit from Neanderthals: The Red Children, by Maggie Gee, reviewed

7 May 2022 9:00 am

This is the kind of novel that will be discussed jubilantly in the book clubs of places like Lib Dem…

Refugee status: the social cachet of taking in Ukrainians

30 April 2022 9:00 am

The social cachet of taking in Ukrainians

The Rwanda plan could save Boris

14 April 2022 10:10 pm

If you want to see what explosive growth looks like then I invite you to eschew all the old Covid…

I’m taking in a Ukrainian

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Delighted though we all are that Benedict Cumberbatch has decided to allow a Ukrainian family to live in one of…

Which countries have ditched daylight savings time?

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Time for a change A bill before the US Senate would abolish daylight saving time. Some countries which have previously…

Border farce: Britain is failing Ukraine’s refugees

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Why is the UK putting up obstacles to deter Ukrainian refugees?

Boris Johnson rejects Europe’s open approach to Ukrainian refugees

12 March 2022 1:12 am

One of the most extraordinary (and moving) videos to have emerged since the invasion of Ukraine shows scenes at Berlin…

Why is Britain so useless at helping Ukrainian refugees?

9 March 2022 9:05 pm

Some MPs were in tears yesterday when President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the House of Commons, and understandably so, given the…

The myopic focus on racism at the Polish-Ukrainian border

5 March 2022 9:50 pm

There are already a hell of a lot of foreign correspondents and human-rights workers at the Ukrainian-Polish border – an…

Britain must give Ukrainians an unconditional right to asylum

5 March 2022 9:00 am

During the Cold War, any citizen of a Soviet bloc country who made it to Britain and claimed asylum was…

Are Poles really against immigrants?

3 March 2022 3:25 am

Krakow The invasion of Ukraine is being felt across Europe. Already hundreds of thousands of displaced Ukrainians are spilling out…

How Turkey is fuelling the Belarus-Poland migrant crisis

11 November 2021 5:35 am

In the cold, damp forest lining the border between Poland and Belarus, thousands of refugees flown over from the Middle…

How the ancients handled refugees

2 October 2021 9:00 am

Hardly a day goes by without headlines about immigrants, asylum-seekers and refugees. In the ancient world, movements of people were…

The ‘alpha migrants’ are here – why don’t we let them work?

31 July 2021 9:00 am

They’re bright, brave – and could help solve our labour crisis

On the run from the Nazis: a Polish family’s protracted ordeal

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Writers of memoirs are often praised for their honesty — but how do we know? I found I did believe…

Actors will be in trouble if the Bridge Theatre's latest experiment catches on

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Flight has been hailed as a new form of dramatic presentation — prefab theatre. It’s great to look at. A…

The plight of the migrant: Crossed Lines, by Marie Darrieussecq, reviewed

5 December 2020 9:00 am

‘We should be living in a brave country and on a brave planet that bravely distributes its occupants,’ thinks Rose…

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…