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JRS Europe hosts ‘I Get You - Refugees and Citizens Together Against Racism and Xenophobia’
Brussels, 15 December 2017- JRS Europe and its partners from nine national offices held the conference, ‘I Get You –  Refugees and Citizens Together Against Racism and Xenophobia’. The conference provided the opportunity for attendees to know more about the research and main findings of I Get You and engage in dialogue through the perspectives shared during two panels.
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PRESS RELEASE: I Get You final event and report launch
Brussels, 6 December 2017 - In a climate of divisive rhetoric and xenophobic populism from political leaders in Europe, JRS Europe’s new research published today shows that overwhelming numbers of Europeans actively welcome and include forced migrants in our societies.
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Greece: Move Asylum Seekers to Safety Before Winter Hits
Athens, 1 December 2017 – The Greek government, with the support of European Union leaders, should act now before the onset of winter to end Greece’s “containment policy,” 12 human rights and humanitarian organizations said in a campaign that began today.
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Refugee Testimonies from Greece
PEB PROJECT: Athens, 28 November 2017 - Earlier this week, JRS Europe joined 19 other human rights and aid groups in sounding the alarm about the appalling conditions faced by migrants and refugees on Greece’s islands.
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Greece: As Winter Nears, Asylum Seekers Stuck in Tents on Islands
Athens, 22 November 2017 – The Greek government, with the support of EU member states, should act now to end Greece’s “containment policy,” 20 human rights and aid groups said today. The policy forces asylum seekers arriving on the Greek islands to remain in overcrowded, unsafe facilities, an urgent concern with winter approaching.
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Universal Children’s Day also for unaccompanied refugee children in Serbia
Belgrade, 20 November 2017 - To celebrate Universal Children’s Day, we share an article from JRS Serbia about their Pedro Arrupe House, where they are providing support to 13 unaccompanied and separated children.
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I Get You – Conference Programme
Brussels, 09 November 2017 – JRS Europe is pleased to announce the concluding event for I Get You, where we will present our final report and policy proposals for the social inclusion of refugees in Europe. Full details here:
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Recent stories
The view from Sicily
PEB PROJECT Palermo, 25 October 2017 - In this month’s Protection at External Borders (PEB) article, we interviewed social worker Elio Tozzi, who works with the Pedro Arrupe Institute in Sicily. The institute is a part of the Jesuit network and has signed a memorandum of understanding with Centro Astalli to participate in the Protection at External Borders (PEB) project.
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Greece: Asylum Seekers in Abysmal Conditions on Islands
Athens, 23 October 2017 – Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras should end the Greek government’s “containment policy” of confining asylum seekers to the Aegean islands, 19 human rights and humanitarian aid organizations said in an open letter released today.
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European JRS meeting in Brussels
Brussels, 13 October 2017 – For two days last week, directors from 15 JRS national offices in Europe came together with the JRS Europe team for a regional coordination meeting in Brussels, Belgium.
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Syria: When hope returns – Amena’s story
Homs, 11 October 2017 - To celebrate the Internatinal Day of the Girl Child, we share the story of Amena, a thirteen-year old girl. She is typical of so many other children her age and younger, who belong to what is regarded as a lost generation.
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ECHR judgement against Spain for push backs
Madrid, 05 October 2017 - The Migrants with Rights Campaign applauds the European Court of Human Rights' judgment against Spain for the practice of summary expulsions. The judgment made public on 02 October 2017 in Strasbourg supports one of the claims raised by Caritas, CONFER, the Social Sector of the Society of Jesus and Justice and Peace.
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USA: JRS recognized with the Anne Frank Award
Washington DC, 18 September 2017 - The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands recognized JRS USA with the Anne Frank Award. The award is given to an American person or organization who has demonstrated a body of work which confronts intolerance, anti Semitism, racism or discrimination, while upholding freedom and equal rights.
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Spain-Morocco: serious protection concerns
PEB PROJECT: Melilla, 13 September 2017 – In this latest report from our human rights observatory on Europe’s external borders, our JRS partner in Spain, Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes (SJM), report serious violations of international law at the Morocco-Spain borders.
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JRS UK: abusive immigration detention system urgently needs reform
London, 08 September 2017 – An undercover investigation by the BBC aired on 4 September shows staff abusing detainees in Brook House immigration removal centre. JRS UK issued the following press release on the day of the BBC Panorama broadcast.
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Global: Pope's message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2018
Vatican City, 22 August 2017 - Pope Francis' message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees was released by the Vatican yesterday.
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Serbia: a tale of reunification
Belgrade, 18 July 2017 – In this new ‘Voices’ piece, JRS social worker Violeta Markovic shares her testimony about helping a Syrian mother in Serbia reunite with her husband in Germany.
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Croatia: At the forefront of a common challenge
PEB PROJECT Zagreb, 11 July 2017 - It was a social worker in Jesuit Refugee Service in Serbia who first heard Bahram's story. Bahram is a young migrant from Afghanistan who made a long journey in search of a safe little corner in Europe. He and his friend thought that they had found it by entering Croatia, but unfortunately, their feeling of relief and peace did not last for a long time.
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JRS Europe Annual Report 2016
Brussels, 06 July 2017 – JRS Europe is pleased to present the Annual Report 2016. The report details work by the Regional Office in Brussels as well as 18 national JRS offices across Europe, over the course of 2016.
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Tvrtko Barun and the European Citizen's Prize
Zagreb, 30 June 2017 - The head of the Jesuit Refugee Service in South-East Europe, Tvrtko Barun SJ, is one of the winners of this year’s European Citizen's Prize.
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