Ian Birrell is a former Deputy Editor of The Independent and co-founder of Africa Express. He writes regularly for all Independent titles.
30 August 2015 05:06 PM
The Home Office has accepted assurances from Eritrea’s ruthless regime that any people returned home would be safe if they signed an apology and paid extra taxes
23 August 2015 06:22 PM
Places of sanctuary must stop becoming hellholes
16 August 2015 09:09 PM
Hundreds are being blocked from university because they are not technically citizens
09 August 2015 05:11 PM
Many of those migrating have relatively high household incomes and good levels of education. It takes money to move abroad - even by boat across the Mediterranean
02 August 2015 06:45 PM
His rivals are dismal and his party devastated, which means that he may be the best person to shore up Labour in the short term
26 July 2015 08:06 PM
Small steps in Derbyshire and Durham on cannabis are one more sign of progress towards a saner world
19 July 2015 08:44 PM
David Cameron has said that country must 'step up and do more'
The BBC stumbles from crisis to crisis with inept management and stifling bureaucracy - but how we would miss it
12 July 2015 07:44 PM
You only have to go abroad to be reminded of the extraordinary service it provides
22 June 2015 08:39 AM
Many migrants are doing what you or I might in their circumstances
07 June 2015 05:00 PM
Blair has focused on building up his fortune. Bush too hit the highly-paid speech circuit, but there seems to be a sense of atonement in his work with military veterans
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees
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