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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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Syria, nine years of conflict: “Life under war is inhuman”
Rome, 15 March 2020   The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) marks, with sadness, the ninth anniversary of the conflict in Syria. We remain committed to our mission to accompany those who have been displaced by this conflict in Syria and in the surrounding countries.
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Europe must act now for the immediate decongestion of the Aegean Islands
Brussels, 3 March 2020  – We call all Member States for the immediate action from  to decongest the Aegean Islands of Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Kos and Leros through fair relocation of asylum seekers across European countries
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Dying to Live: Stories from refugees on the road to freedom
Rome, 27 February 2020 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is pleased to announce the release today of Dying to Live: Stories on the Road to Freedom, a book by Danielle Vella, director of International Reconciliation Programs for JRS.
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Call for tender: Evaluation of advocacy and communications taskforce
Brussels, 21 February 2020 – Selection of a professional to evaluate JRS Europe advocacy and communication taskforce. Interested applicants are to submit their proposal and quota electronically not later than March 10th at 12pm.
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Recent stories
Internship positions: Fundraising and Development / Finance and Administration
Brussels, 19 February 2020 – The JRS Europe office in Brussels is offering one internship in Fundraising and Development, and another one in Finance and Adminstration.
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Joint statement: The new Pact on Asylum and Migration: An Opportunity Seized or Squandered?
Brussels, 14 February 2020 – After years of treating asylum and migration in crisis mode, we believe the proposed Pact on Asylum and Migration is an opportunity for the EU and its Member States to change direction. It is an opportunity to develop a rational and rights-based asylum and migration policy. 
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Grand Chamber judgment on immediate returns in Spain: Dangerous precedent opening the door for more push-backs in Europe
Brussels, 14 February 2020 – On 13 February 2020, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights found that Spain did not violate the European Convention on Human Rights by immediately returning to Morocco people who had irregularly crossed the border into Melilla. According to the Court, the Spanish actions were the results of the applicants’ own conduct, as they had ‘chosen’ not to use official entry procedures and had put themselves in an unlawful situation. 
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Policy Blog: Asylum in the UK: surviving in the hostile environment
Brussels, 7 February 2020 – JRS Europe Policy and Advocacy Officer, Claudia Bonamini, visited JRS UK from 15 to 17 January 2020. Here she shares her observation about what she learned from the visit.
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Call for tender: Project evaluation JRS North-Macedonia
Brussels, 29 January 2020 – Selection of a Evaluator to support JRS Europe to conduct a project evaluation in the Republic of North Macedonia. Interested applicants are to submit their proposal and quota electronically not later than February 14th at 12pm.
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Looking for an integrated response to vulnerable migrants in and out of Africa
Brussels, 28 January 2020 – The challenge of migration of forced displaced people in Africa is not new at all. For the last thirty years JRS has been present in all the major humanitarian crisis in the continent that lead to millions of displaced people to flee their homes. In the last years, also, the African Church and the Jesuits are becoming more aware of the intense movement of internal migration inside the continent.
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Solidarity with people held in detention
Brussels, 22 January 2020 – Last weekend several entities of the network of our JRS partner in Spain, Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes (SJM), celebrated prayer vigils to denounce the existence of detention centres (CIE - Centros de Internamiento de Extranjeros) and to give visibility to the situation of migrants held in detention.
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A look back and new resolutions for refugees
Brussels, 20 December 2019 – 2019 has been a year of elections, which brings change, but also often means a paralysis of any substantial political activity for months. In early 2020 the European Commission must come with a ‘fresh start’ to work towards a ‘New Asylum and Migration Pact’.
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New job offer: School Outreach Officer
Brussels, 16 December 2019 – The JRS Europe office in Brussels is currently recruiting for a School Outreach Officer.
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Marking JRS’s 39th anniversary
Brussels, 14 November 2019 – As we mark today the 39th anniversary of the Jesuit Refugee Service, we join Father General Arturo Sosa SJ in his message of gratitude to the thousands of dedicated companions, benefactors, and partners in mission who support JRS with great generosity and open hearts.
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Conference 'The future of asylum in the European Union'
Brussels, 6 November 2019 – The reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) is at stake due to the persisting deadlock in the Council of the European Union. With a new European Commission, the European Union has a new opportunity to relaunch a reform that prioritises human lives.
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The future of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund
Brussels, 6 November 2019 – JRS Europe joins 18 organisations to call for more humane, transparent and effective resources for asylum and migration in the Union.
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50 years walking beside the Excluded
Brussels, 5 November 2019 – The Society of Jesus is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES) under the motto "A journey of Justice and reconciliation: 50 years and beyond". An international congress will take place at the General Curia of the Society of Jesus in Rome from Monday 4 to Friday 8 November.
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