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The Jesuit Refugee Service is an international Catholic organisation. Its mission is to accompany, to serve and to plead the cause of refugees and forcibly displaced people. The JRS was set up by the Society of Jesus in 1980 and is now working over 50 countries worldwide. JRS works with all refugees but has a particular concern at present for the "forgotten" refugees who have moved out of the media spotlight. There are over 40 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. This includes 15 million refugees, 27 million internally displaced persons, and more than 837,500 individuals whose asylum applications have not yet been decided.

Morocco not a safe place for forced migrants in need of protection

JRS Europe publishes a new policy paper on its recent visit to northern Morocco and Spanish enclave Melilla. 15/04/2014

Asylum seekers lives' at risk in Libya, says new report.

JRS Malta launches a new report on the dangers migrants and asylum seekers face in Libya. 04/02/2014

What next for an open and safe Europe?

JRS Europe and its Christian NGO partners push for protection oriented migration and asylum policies in a submission to the European Commission.

Read the speech made by JRS Europe director Michael Schoepf at the European Commission conference held on 30 January.

Click here for an additional statement from the European NGO Platform on Migration and Asylum, of which JRS Europe is a member. 29/01/2014

A missed chance to protect lives

The results of the European Commission-led “Taskforce Mediterranean” contain little that would substantially protect the lives of migrants at Europe’s borders. 05/12/2013                  (Image by UNHCR)


"We cannot set borders to our concern"

The Council of European Jesuit Provincials released a statement today on the treatment of refugees and migrants in Europe. 25/10/2013  (Image by UNHCR)

Migrants rescued from a shipwreck off the coast of Italy Enough deaths in the Mediterranean: It’s time for extraordinary measures

More than 80 people have died in a shipwreck off the island of Lampedusa. It is estimated that over 500 migrants were on the boat. The European Union must act to offer a safe humanitarian channel for refugees seeking protection in Europe. 03/10/2013

Kenya and Malawi: first graduation of university students sponsored by the Jesuit Refugee Service

The first group of 48 refugees sponsored by the Jesuit Refugee Service will graduate this week from the Diploma in Liberal Studies managed by the Jesuit Refugee Service and Jesuit Commons Higher Education at the Margins. 24/09/2013

Pope Francis visits refugees at Centro Astalli (JRS Italy) in Rome

Pope Francis made an official visit to refugees at the CenJesuit Refugee Service Europetro Astalli (JRS Italy) soup kitchen on Via degli Astalli in Rome earlier this month. 20/09/2013

Northern Ireland's High Court blocks Dublin II transfer to Ireland

In an unprecedented ruling, Northern Ireland's High Court has rejected a Dublin II transfer request for a Sudanese family to be returned to Ireland based on criticism of Ireland’s asylum procedures and its system for accommodating people seeking asylum. 12/09/2013










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JRS Europe article featured in the September 2013 issue of Forced Migration Review, "Detention and Deportation".

Read JRS Europe's article here.

Read the rest of the issue here.

From Back Door to Front Door: Forced Migration Routes through Macedonia to Croatia



JRS Europe

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The Dublin Regulation's Impact on Asylum Seekers' Protection

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 In Europe, JRS works in 13 countries with contacts in 8 countries and coordinates the SAM project in Morocco.

Activities include:
 - visiting asylum seekers in detention 
 - giving legal advice to asylum seekers and irregular migrants
 - counselling those traumatised by persecution and flight
 - providing pastoral care in open centres and closed detention facilities
 - providing food and shelter to destitute asylum seekers. 

 To find out more about JRS activities in Europe  or to contact a JRS Office click on the country in the map or click here...

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