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Ending direct provision
Brussels, 2 July 2020 – JRS Ireland has launched a new study, Protection with Dignity: Roadmap to System Change, which identifies three mechanisms for system change to end Direct Provision: expedited long stayer scheme to achieve a twelve month case processing target; new model of accommodation provision based on a ‘distribution key’; and a holistic range of person centre supports from the moment of arrival.
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Detained and dehumanised the impact of immigration detention
London, 28 June 2020 JRS UK’s report ‘Detained and Dehumanised: The impact of immigration detention’ draws from the accounts of 27 forcibly displaced people supported by JRS UK, with direct experience of detention spanning the last 20 years. It finds that the Home Office policy of immigration detention fosters a culture of death, self-harm and ongoing trauma leaving those who are detained, or threatened by the prospect of detention, dehumanised.

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JRS calls for improved access to a quality education for Syrians
Rome, 23 June 2020 –  JRS MENA urges participants in the fourth Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region to provide resources and support efforts that improve accessto quality education for Syrian children in the region. 
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Faith-Based Organisations on World Refugee Day 2020 “To know in order to understand”
Brussels, 12 June 2020 – Today, on World Refugee Day, we call for eyes and hearts to open to action by recognizing, contemplating, and sharing the life of refugees, internally displaced persons, and migrants.
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Open letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen
Brussels, 12 June 2020 – As organisations working for an equal and inclusive Europe, we would like to raise our serious concerns regarding the lack of real reaction of EU leaders regarding police brutality against people of colour in Europe as well as institutional and structural racism, following the killing of George Floyd in the United States and ensuing solidarity protests in Europe and across the world. We were appalled by the statement by EU Commissioner Schinas which delegitimises the public outcry against police brutality and institutional racism in Europe.
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Malta: Open Letter to EU Commissioner Johansson regarding the migrants held on the Captain Morgan boats
Brussels, 22 May 2020 JRS Malta, Aditus foundation and Integra Foundation sent an open letter to EU Commissioner Johansson. In our letter we express our concerns at Malta’s novel idea of detaining rescued migrants aboard 2 chartered private vessels just outside our territorial waters.
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Do not resume immigration detention after COVID-19
Madrid, Tuesday 13 May 2020. The Jesuit Migrant Service calls the Government of Spain and the Judiciary not to resort to the detention of foreigners at the end of the pandemic. The Detention Centres (CIEs) are empty today and should remain so.
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Recent stories
JRS granted Father Arrupe of Human Rights Award
Brussels, 8 May 2020 – The Instituto de Estudios sobre Migraciones (IUEM) of the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas has granted the 2020 Father Arrupe of Human Rights Award to the Jesuit Refugee Service for their commitment to accompany refugees all around the world.
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UK: Status for All
Brussels, 4 May 2020 – We have written to the Prime Minister asking that the government grant a period of “Leave to Remain” to everyone with insecure immigration status. We are joined by over 30 front-line facing organisations working with asylum seekers, refugees, and those with irregular immigration status.
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Strengthening our mission in times of COVID-19: JRS Europe Regional Coordination Meeting
Brussels, 30 April 2020 – Today the JRS Europe team along with national directors of 22 JRS Offices around Europe, held its first virtual Regional Coordination Meeting (RCM). Typically, the reunion is held for two days twice a year, once in Brussels and once in another country in which JRS is present, however given the current travel and health directives provided by authorities during the Covid-19 pandemic we organised our activities online.
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Dying to Live – Stories from Refugees on the Road to Freedom
Brussels, 23 April 2020 – On World Book Day, we invited Danielle Vella, director of International Reconciliation Programmes for JRS to share about her book “Dying to Live: Stories on the Road to Freedom”. The book gives voice to those who are often voiceless and vilified. Dying to Live recounts the journeys, the losses, the hopes of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, and South Sudan who are now living in Europe, Uganda, Lebanon and the United States.
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"Aves enjauladas”: A message of optimism from Entreculturas and Rozalén
Brussels, 16 April 2020 –  With a message of solidarity and optimism, activist and singer, Rozalen has released “Aves enjauladas” (Caged Birds) in the wake of the global crisis stemming from COVID-19. The song comes to us as a reminder—a reminder that we will return with more strength. 
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All lives matter - in hospitals and at sea
Brussels, 15 April 2020 – In the past week, Italy and Malta declared they would close their ports to people rescued at sea because of the COVID-19 outbreak. JRS Europe is conscious of the great challenges every country is facing in this difficult situation. Yet no circumstances justify knowingly letting men, women and children to die at sea or having them go back to places where torture and violence are a higher risk than the virus.
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Migrants should not be sacrificed for the nation's well-being
Malta, 14 April 2020 – We are shocked at Malta’s announcement that our ports are closed to persons rescued at sea. This will result in either people stranded out at sea for days, possibly weeks, or in their return to Libya, where they will probably face atrocious human rights violations. It is unacceptable for Malta to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic to shelve its human rights obligations and endanger the lives of men, women and children.
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Info sheet on asylum and migration amid COVID-19
Brussels, 14 April 2020 – In assistance with extensively compiled JRS Europe data, the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) has released a non-exhaustive list of asylum and migrations responses across Europe as a result of COVID-19. 
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May Italy be a safe harbour for migrants at sea. A call from Tavolo Asilo
Italy, 8 April 2020  Associations belonging to the Tavolo Asilo Nazionale (National Asylum Board) express their considerable concern regarding [Italian] Interministerial Decree no. 150 published on 7th April 2020 in which the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport in tandem with other Ministers declares that for the entire period of the national health emergency Italian ports will not meet the necessary requirements for classification and definition as a Place of Safety.
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COVID-19: one more reason to choose for small scale reception of asylum seekers
Brussels, 7 April 2020 – During this time of COVID-19 pandemic, JRS Europe’s policy and advocacy officer, Claudia Bonamini, together with the advocacy officers of the JRS country offices in Europe, follows the impact of the virus outbreak on asylum seekers and refugees. Here she shares some of her thoughts on the matter.
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COVID-19 and asylum: the right response is the same as ever - ensure protection, stop detention, invest in inclusion
Brussels, 1 April - In the past weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has been reaching all corners of Europe, forcing all countries to enforce at least some measures of social distancing. JRS’s first concern has been how to ensure services for asylum seekers and refugees, in a way that it is safe for them and for those people providing the service. ‘This should be among governments’ first concerns too. Ensuring refugees are protected is, in these circumstances more than ever, in the interest of the whole society,’ says Jose Ignacio Garcia SJ, Director of JRS Europe.
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Urgent appeal for the evacuation of the Greek refugee camps
Brussels, 24 March 2020 – We urge the immediate evacuation of the refugee camps and hotspots on the Greek islands to avert a catastrophe amidst the coronavirus pandemic. More than 42,000 people are trapped on the islands in hopelessly overcrowded camps and in horrific conditions. 
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JRS’s response to COVID-19 in Europe
Brussels, 19 March 2020 – In this unprecedented moment of COVID-19, we are reminded of the importance of solidarity. We are asked to direct our efforts as a global community to tackle this situation together.
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