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New job offer at JRS Europe
Brussels, January 2017 – The JRS Europe office in Brussels is currently recruiting for a Policy and Advocacy Officer. Do you have what it takes to fulfil this dynamic role? Complete and submit the application pack by 17:30 CET, January 15th, 2017. 
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Christmas lunch with a refugee
Zagreb, 04 January 2017 - Twenty Croatian families opened their homes on Christmas and hosted 50 refugees for a Christmas lunch as a part of Jesuit Refugee Service South East Europe (JRS SEE) campaign “Christmas lunch with a refugee”. The intention of the campaign was to encourage social interaction between local communities and refugees and asylum seekers in Croatia.
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Taizé, France: community of hospitality
(Taizé), 21 December 2016 - The Taizé community in France welcomed 11 refugees from Sudan and Afghanistan at the beginning of November 2015. Here is first-hand account by one of the residents, recalling their arrival and subsequent life in the village.
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Behzad: Longing for life
(Brussels), 16 December 2016 – In this post-script to our Journeys of Hope series, Danielle Vella pays tribute to Behzad, a 28-year-old refugee from Afghanistan who lost his life in a tragic accident in Austria.
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Joint statement: EU leaders can save lives this winter
Brussels, 14 December 2016 - Ahead of the EU Council meeting in Brussels on 15 December, JRS Europe together with over 30 other refugee organisations is calling on political leaders to take immediate action to save lives in Greece this winter. The full statement follows here.
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Launch of new refugee newspaper in Croatia
Zagreb, 08 December 2016 – “Paths” is the title of the new newspaper created by asylum seekers and refugees that was launched at the 36th anniversary celebration of JRS in mid-November. Covering a range of inter-cultural issues, the newspaper contains articles in Arabic, Croatian, Farsi and English.
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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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Recent stories
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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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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