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Children cannot wait
Brussels, 29 November 2016 - EU institutions and Member States must do more to protect refugee and migrant children, a statement signed by 78 civil society organisations said today to mark the opening of the 10th European Forum on the Rights of the Child in Brussels.
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What now for Philoxenia – hospitality in Greece?
(Brussels), 18 November 2016 – Last month, JRS Europe policy and advocacy assistant, Kathryn Doyle, visited the JRS projects in Greece, to assess the current situation and needs of refugees in Athens and on Lesbos. Here, she reflects on what she saw and experienced during the two weeks she spent there.
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Global: Bringing light to the child migrants in our midst
Rome, 17 November 2016 – On the occasion of Universal Children's Day on November 20th, we echo Pope Francis' appeal "to adopt every possible measure to guarantee the protection and safety of child migrants." In this time of epic human displacement, "children constitute the most vulnerable group, because as they face the life ahead of them, they are invisible and voiceless".
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Forced return: Belgium to Africa
Brussels, 10 November 2016 - Every week when I visit the detention centre, Nelly (not her real name) is sitting there waiting for me. Also today, although there is not much more that we can talk about. Nelly has already been kept here for six months and her lawyer has told her quite recently that all the steps in the procedure have been taken.
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JRS Eastern Africa on Europe’s role in migration, development and social justice
Berlin, 25 October 2016 – Beyond the so-called "refugee crisis" in Europe, countries bordering conflict around the world are under increasing pressure to care for people on the move. Attempts by policymakers to respond to refugees in a coordinated and dignified way have never been more important in order to ensure that the rights refugees are upheld.
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Greece-Portugal: Helping Refugees to Relocate
Lisbon, 21 October 2016 – JRS Portugal in coordination with PAR (Refugee Support Platform, a Portuguese coalition of host organizations), are spearheading a project with JRS Greece to help support, inform and accompany asylum seekers who are eligible for relocation from Greece to Portugal.
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JRS Romania: Mohamad’s story
Bucharest, 18 October 2016 - Mohamad is an Iraqi teenager who took refuge in Romania in 2014, just 15 years old. His parents were killed in front of him. Unfortunately, at the time of the attack, Mohamad was shot in the legs but the surgery performed in poor conditions at a hospital in Iraq managed to worsen the situation of his wound.
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Recent stories
Deal after deal, Europe is outsourcing its responsibilities for refugees
Berlin, 14 October 2016 – JRS Europe as one of 90 member organisations of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), endorses and shares the following statement issued during ECRE’s general assembly in Berlin.
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I Get You – mapping refugee initiatives in Europe
Brussels, 05 October 2016 – Since being launched on 20 April this year, the ‘I Get You’ campaign has mapped almost 300 refugee initiatives in the nine European countries taking part: Belgium, Croatia, France, Malta, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Romania and Spain.
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Refugee Journeys of Hope: French, German, Italian, Spanish versions out now
Brussels, 29 September 2016 – Originally published on World Refugee Day 2016, JRS Europe is now pleased to present ‘Journeys of Hope: Stories of refugees on the road to Europe’ in French, German, Italian and Spanish.
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Vatican: Pope Francis discusses the intersection of Jesuit education and serving refugees
Vatican, 19 September 2016 - On 17 September 2016, Pope Francis addressed members of the European Confederation and the World Union of Jesuit Alumni and Alumnae as a part of the three day event, European Encounters of Jesuit Alumni "Global Migration and Refugee Crisis: Time to Contemplate and Act". During the address, Miaga, a friend of JRS and a refugee from Mali, presented Pope Francis with a painting created by Mefin, an Eritrean refugee in an Ethiopian camp.
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UN Summit addressing large movements of refugees and migrants
Brussels, 12 September 2016 - More than 150 heads of state and government are due to gather at the UN on September 19th to lay the foundations for a new global framework to address large movements of refugees and migrants.
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When refugees speak poetry
Paris, 19 July 2016 – JRS France recently held a poetry evening with refugees from a number of different countries. Here, Anne Kempf, a French teacher working with JRS, recounts the experience.
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JRS Malta: refugee report launch
13 July 2016 – Earlier this month JRS Malta together with Aditus Foundation, Integra Foundation and the Malta Emigrants’ Commission held a press conference in Valletta to launch the ‘Journeys of Hope’ report and call on the Maltese government to give refugees safe and legal access to protection.
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Civil society calls on EU Council to uphold migrants’ rights
Brussels, 27 June 2016 – In a letter to the Dutch EU Presidency and EU leaders, JRS Europe together with five other faith-based organisations calls on them to reject proposals which would make development aid conditional on migration control. The letter was sent to the leaders before the EU Council meeting on 28-29 June during which the proposals will be discussed.
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World Refugee Day: I Get You
Brussels, 20 June 2016 – For World Refugee Day, we celebrate two months of our ‘I Get You’ campaign. In that time, you have told us your stories and shared experiences of local activities run together with refugees. ‘I Get You’ goes to the very heart of World Refugee Day: it’s about people with diverse backgrounds learning and having fun together.
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World Refugee Day 2016 — open minds, unlock potential
(Rome) June 20, 2016 — An unprecedented 60 million people  — mothers, fathers, sisters and children — have fled their homes seeking safety. Imagine everyone in the states of California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada and Colorado in motion: taking trucks, rafts, footpaths and trains; taking children, blankets, clothing and, most often, taking nothing.
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Special JRS publication for World Refugee Day: Journeys of Hope
Brussels, 17 June 2016 – Ahead of World Refugee Day, Jesuit Refugee Service Europe is pleased to present “Journeys of Hope: Stories of refugees on the road to Europe”, an eight-part documentary realised with refugees on the move through the Balkans and across the central Mediterranean from January to February 2016.
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10th Detention Visitors Support Group in Brussels
Brussels, 14 June 2016 – Last week, JRS Europe hosted a three-day workshop for detention centre visitors from across Europe for the 10th year running. The special training of this year’s Detention Visitor’s Support Group (DVSG) focused on identifying victims of human trafficking.
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Restrictive EU migration policies force desperate people to take deadly routes
Brussels, 8 June 2016 - While interior ministers meet tomorrow to discuss EU migration policies, people trying to reach the safety of Europe continue to die en route. Caritas Europa and Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Europe calls on European leaders to alter its restrictive approach to migration.
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