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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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NGOs call on the EU and its member states to demonstrate leadership on resettlement at the Global Refugee Forum 2019
Brussels, Belgium, October 31, 2019 — The European Commission has recently announced that it has received pledges for 30,000 resettlement places in 2020 from 15 member states. Ahead of the Global Refugee Forum on 17th and 18th December, the undersigned organisations call on the EU and its member states to ensure that these pledges translate into a meaningful contribution to global responsibility sharing.
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Together, we accompany refugees better
Brussels, 21 October 2019 – Last week national directors from 17 JRS offices in Europe came together with the JRS Europe team in the bi-annual Regional Coordination Meeting (RCM) in Leuven. The aim of the two days was to strengthen synergies and to reinforce our work to serve, accompany and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced people.
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Syria: JRS calls for immediate suspension of hostilities
Syria, 18 October 2019 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is monitoring the developing situation in North East Syria. JRS has been responding to the emergency crisis in and around Syria since 2011, witnessing first-hand the extent of the suffering of the forcibly displaced people. We continue to accompany the displaced people of this region.
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Recent stories
Belgian Bishops visit detention centres
Brussels, 7 October 2019 – On the occasion of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, bishops Lode Aerts (Bruges) and Jean Kockerols (Brussels) visited the closed centre in Bruges together with the regular visitors of JRS Belgium. It was a beautiful chance to showcase our work and the perfect moment to talk about the people we are doing our work for: undocumented migrants who are being put in detention for the sole reason that they have no right to reside in the country.
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JRS launches CHANGE: We all have a role to play
Brussels, 26 September 2019 – In the lead up to the World Day of Migrants & Refugees, JRS Europe and partners launch CHANGE. CHANGE is a project that builds a society in which everyone is welcome and can participate.
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Working for the integration of unaccompanied children in Serbia
Brussels, 25 September 2019 – Integration House “Pedro Arrupe” is a shelter designed to accommodate vulnerable unaccompanied children who have been separated from their families. The goal of the House is integration into a new society. To do this, the House provides not only food, shelter, clothing and basic medical necessities, but gives its beneficiaries the opportunities of education and fun. With eight employees and two interns, the House has given shelter to 70 boys since its establishment in 2017.
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Protecting refugees in 2018
Brussels, 11 September 2019 - JRS Europe is pleased to present the Annual Report 2018, an overview of the work carried out by the Regional Office in Brussels as well as 23 national JRS offices across Europe.
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Statement on the ongoing detention of asylum seekers in Malta
Malta, 6 September 2019 – We are deeply concerned about the ongoing detention of hundreds of asylum-seekers – men, women and children – on medical grounds at the Initial Reception Centre and Safi Barracks. We believe that, in many cases, the detention is completely unlawful.
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Security Decree bis in Italy: dark page of the democratic history of Italy
Brussels, 6 August 2019 – JRS Italy (also known as Centro Astalli) expresses serious concern about the approval of the Security Decree bis in Italy.
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Stop criminalisation of solidarity with migrants
Brussels, 26 July 2019 – Over 100 independent organisations are calling the new European Commission to stop the criminalisation of solidarity with migrants in Europe in a joint statement published today.
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New Security Decree in Italy
Rome, 25 July 2019 - JRS Italy (also known as Cento Astalli) expresses serious concern about the vote of confidence in the Parliament on the New Security Decree about migration in Italy.
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JRS Malta and Integra publish 3 policy papers on refugee integration
Brussels, 23 July 2019 – JRS Malta and Integra Foundation launched three new publications on refugee integration.
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A model for the wellbeing of asylum seekers
Brussels, 18 July 2019 – Government Ministers celebrated the achievements of JRS Ireland’s Fáilte Project by recognising it as a model of good practice for supporting and enhancing the mental health and wellbeing of asylum seekers.
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JRS UK publishes a report about the dehumanization of UK asylum system
Brussels, 4 July 2019 – Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) UK launched last week the "For our welfare and not for our harm" report, in collaboration with Catholic theologian, Dr Anna Rowlands. The report finds that people seeking asylum living in destitution, and those who experienced detention, feel dehumanised by the UK asylum system, but find strength through faith, community membership, and volunteering.
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JRS USA calls for safety and security of asylum seekers
USA, 28 June 2019 – JRS USA is appalled by the tragic, and unacceptable, death of Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his 23-month old daughter, as they attempted to cross the Rio Grande River in hopes of seeking asylum in the U.S. Appropriate protection mechanisms are not in place.
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Syrian refugees to be accommodated in State-owned flats in Sisak
Zagreb, 26 June 2019 – About fifty Syrian refugees who arrived in Croatia from Turkey through the resettlement programme will be accommodated in Sisak in mid-July, representatives from the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Croatia said last Tuesday.
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