Homepage



Spanish Supreme Court condemns government for failure to meet relocation target
Brussels, 13 July 2018 – The Spanish Supreme Court condemned the government of Spain for falling significantly below its quota to relocate 19,449 asylum seekers from Greece and Italy between 2015 and 2017. The Court recalled the mandatory nature of the two Relocation Decisions adopted by the Council of the European Union in May and September 2015.
read more
   
NGO statement on the closure of PIKPA solidarity camp
Athens, 11 July 2018 – We, the undersigned organizations active in human rights and humanitarian aid, urge the Regional Governor of the North Aegean Region to re-examine her decision to suspend the operations of Lesvos Solidarity in the area of PIPKA on the island of Lesvos.
read more
   
Changing the narrative about refugees
Brussels, 11 July 2018 – JRS UK organized the conference “Refugee Stories: Changing the Narrative” to reflect on ways to change the narrative and public discourse about refugees and asylum seekers. At a time when refugees often face a hostile environment, it is now more fundamental than ever to place their voices at the centre of the narratives about migration and to re-shape the conversation.
read more
   
New head for JRS Germany
Brussels, 2 July 2018 – Fr. Claus Pfuff is the new Country Director of Jesuit Refugee Service in Germany. With a celebration on 11 June in Berlin, he succeeded Fr. Frido Pflüger as JRS Germany Director. Pfuff, originally from Weilheim (Bavaria), was a school chaplain at the Jesuit High School Canisius-Kolleg in Berlin. Frido Pflüger will head the JRS in Uganda.
read more
   
Joint NGO statement on the government's decision to close Malta's ports to NGO rescue ships
Brussels, 2 July 2018 – The inevitable consequence of the decision to close Malta’s ports to the rescue vessels will be that more people will lose their lives attempting to reach a place of safety. This especially since EU states do not seem to have any plans to increase their search and rescue capacity in the Mediterranean, but intend to rely instead on the Libyan coastguard to conduct rescues.
read more
   
JRS Europe: European Council continues to choose borders above people
Brussels, 29 June 2018 – JRS Europe is disappointed about the outcome of the European Council of 28 June. “In dealing with the challenges of migration, Member States consistently reach for the old recipes: externalisation, impenetrable borders, cooperation with dubious regimes and detention,” says JRS Europe’s Policy and Advocacy Officer Claudia Bonamini. “But these policies will not stop migration as Member States wish; instead, they will only exacerbate human suffering and prolong refugees’ search for protection.”
read more
   
Ireland can and should do more in responding to the EU Refugee Crisis
Brussels, 25 June 2018 – A new JRS Ireland report launched in Milltown today, Sharing Responsibility, Saving Lives critically analyses Ireland and the EU responses to the Refugee Crisis between September 2015 and December 2017. At the height of the EU Refugee Crisis in September 2015, Ireland committed to providing 4,000 places under the Irish Refugee and Protection Programme (IRPP) by the end of 2017.
read more
   
Recent stories
Press release - Three years EU Migration Agenda: refugees forgotten at the gates of Europe
Brussels, 19 June 2018 – In May 2015 the European Commission presented the European Agenda on Migration, meant to address the challenges of the increased arrivals of migrants and refugees to Europe. Three years later arrivals have decreased and policymakers claim their plan worked.
read more
     
What is JRS doing this World Refugee Day across Europe?
Brussels, 15 June 2018 – Around the globe, World Refugee Day is celebrated this year on Tuesday, 20 June. While the day itself is full of events centred around celebration, awareness raising and advocacy, the network of country offices in the JRS Europe network have plenty of things in store spanning the full week to celebrate people’s stories and shed light on crucial issues affecting the context of forced migration today both at European and national level.
read more
     
JRS Europe Annual Report 2017
Brussels, 14 June 2018 - JRS Europe is pleased to present the Annual Report 2017. The report details work by the Regional Office in Brussels as well as 17 national JRS offices across Europe, over the course of 2017.
read more
     
New job offer at JRS Europe
Brussels, 8 June 2018 – The JRS Europe office in Brussels is currently recruiting for a Fundraising Officer.
read more
     
New report criticises Spanish practices on migrant detention
Brussels, 8 June 2018 – The Jesuit Migrant Service (Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes, SJM) in Spain published “Sufrimiento Inútil” (“Needless Suffering”), its annual report on the detention of irregular migrants by the Spanish authorities. SJM argues that keeping irregular migrants in detention centres leads to unnecessary human suffering, serves no purpose, and should be abolished.
read more
     
Secondary movements: Necessary result of a flawed system
Brussels, 4 June 2018 – Ask any politician in Europe what a priority in the reform of the EU’s asylum system should be, and they will probably talk about preventing ‘secondary movements’, i.e. preventing asylum seekers and refugees from travelling between several EU countries after first arriving to EU territory.
read more
     
Forgotten at the Gates of Europe Conference Programme
Brussels, 7 June 2018 – On 19 June, the eve of World Refugee Day, JRS Europe will draw attention back to the EU’s external borders. JRS Europe will launch its report Protection at the External Borders and host a follow-up discussion.
read more
     
JRS Europe’s campaign I Get You named as an example of social innovation
Brussels, 17 May 2018 – I Get You is one of the projects highlighted in a report from FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities) and the Boston College Center for Social Innovation. I Get You was chosen as an example of socially innovative responses to the needs of refugees and migrants.
read more
     
Celebrating Refugee Mothers Around the World
Washington D.C., 9 May 2018 – JRS/USA Executive Director Joan Rosenhauer reflects on the story of a refugee mother she met while in Greece, and finds that all mothers want the same thing for their children - a hopeful future.
read more
     
SAVE THE DATE – Forgotten at the Gates of Europe
Brussels, 7 May 2018 – On 19 June, the eve of World Refugee Day, JRS Europe will draw attention back to the EU’s external borders. JRS Europe will launch its report Protection at the External Borders and host a follow-up discussion. Julia Behrens from the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency, Stefan Maier from UNCHR and a representative from ECRE, among others, will provide insight.
read more
     
Art exhibition HOPE IS MAYBE in Germany
Brussels, 3 May 2018  JRS Germany launches today the art exhibition ‘HOPE IS MAYBE’, an art project on the diversity of hope. The art exhibition will feature the work of various artists who have captured Hope in different artworks. This public art project was initiated by Michael Haerteis from Collaborative Creativity and Jesuit Refugee Service in Munich.
read more
     
Spain: report on reception and integration
Brussels, 30 April 2018 - The report “Welcoming without integrating“ highlights the integration conditions of refugees in Spanish society, and the role played by the Reception System.
read more
     
Greece: Government Defies Court on Asylum Seekers
Athens, 25 April 2018 – The Greek government’s move on April 20, 2018, overturning a binding court ruling ordering it to end its abusive policy of trapping asylum seekers on Greece’s islands raises rule of law concerns, 21 human rights and humanitarian organizations said today.
read more