Lost in Italy - Kofi's story
Brussels, 15 September 2014 - Migrants who have been rescued from drowning at sea and disembarked in Sicily are too often left in destitution. Big gaps in protection remain and all too often migrants fall through these gaps. Many end up sleeping on the streets of Catania. Kofi's story is symbolic of a failing system. Despite his suffering, he openly shared his story with JRS communications officer, Oscar Spooner, in the hope that it may make a difference.

Italy's refugee crisis
Brussels, 12 September 2014 - This article highlights the aims of the JRS Europe 'Rescued - What Next?' campaign and outlines the scope of our upcoming report on the situation protection seekers face in Italy.

Though this be madness, yet there is method in it
Brussels, 12 September 2014 - Europe's senior policy officer, Mr Stefan Kessler, takes a look at the skewed policies of the EU, which put border security before international human rights protection. So far there has been very little solidarity with Italy, which is struggling to cope with the thousands of forced migrants which it has saved from the sea.

France: is this the same planet?
Paris, 8 September 2014 – Molly Mullen from JRS International wanted to interview Mohammed about the lodging he found in Paris thanks to the Welcome Network. Instead, she heard about the deep frustration and sadness felt by refugees who seek asylum in Europe.
JRS works to mainstream human rights at Frontex
Brussels, 07 August 2014 – For two years now, Stefan Kessler, senior policy officer at JRS Europe has been the co-chair of the consultative forum to Frontex, the EU agency for external border security headquartered in Warsaw. JRS Europe, took part regular discussions with the management board and staff of Frontex in order to mainstream human rights in their border security work. The first annual report of the consultative forum is out now.
Spain-Morocco: borders before people
Madrid, 06 August 2014 – A special report ‘Lives at the Southern Borders’ based on two fact-finding missions to the Spanish borders with Morocco, calls on the Spanish government and the European Union to put human rights before border security. The report and recommendations were submitted to the Spanish Ombudsman at the end of July.
Malta: desperation drives boat migrants – new report
Valletta, 24 July 2014 – JRS Malta hosted the launch of ‘Going West’, a report on mixed migration from the Horn of Africa to Libya and Europe, based on extensive field research by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat (RMMS). The Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta was full as a lively discussion and debate ensued.
Recent stories
France: longing for a space to call home
Paris, 24 July 2014 – When I want to take a shower, I look at my body. For example here, this is from a cigarette. My hand is broken. You can see they used acid to burn off the tattoo I got for my mother.
European Court: migrants must not be detained as criminals
Luxembourg, 17 July 2014 - The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that migrants must not be held in prison pending their removal if a Member State has a specialized detention centre in any part of its territory.
Heart of gold: detained but not broken
London, 04 July 2014 - In this testimony from the UK a JRS volunteer describes her unexpected encounter with an Afghan man held in an immigration removal centre. This chance meeting of two people, one free and the other detained, reveals a surprising role-reversal and highlights the inner human spirit that knows no borders.
World Refugee Day: finding safe spaces together
Rome, 20 June 2014 – Today on World Refugee Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service commemorates the courage and endurance of the millions of people forced to flee their homes, and the many who welcome them into their communities.
France: more than space to live, the Welcome project
Paris, 20 June 2014 – Swastik came from a normal family in rural Bangladesh. Her father was a farmer and her mother a tailor. Most of her life was not so different from those around her, until her sister was kidnapped and murdered and she was forced to flee for her life. Without going into the details of exactly what happened, it is suffice to say she was persecuted.
JRS Europe – Annual Report 2013
Brussels, 16 June 2014 – Europe’s indifference to the suffering of millions of refugees seeking protection makes a mockery of its claim to moral leadership in the world today, said JRS Europe as it launched its annual report.
Letter to European Council President: human rights of migrants must be top priority
Brussels, 05 June 2014 – JRS Europe, together with four other Christian NGO partners, has sent a letter to European Council President, Herman Van Rompuy urging him to prioritise the human rights of migrants and asylum seekers in future EU Migration and Asylum Policy.
JRS Europe joins call to protect refugees fleeing Syria’s war
Brussels, 26 May 2014 - Together with 100 partners in 34 countries, JRS Europe, is calling on EU countries to take in more of Syria's refugees. Until now, EU states have protected a pitifully low number of the 2.7 million refugees that have fled Syria since the war began in 2008. Now is the time to act. Sign the petition and donate your social media account to a refugee story today.
Kosovo: keeping arms open to asylum seekers
Kosovo, 26 May 2014 – A new asylum reception centre in Kosovo built with EU funds is housing a low number of migrants at the moment. Nevertheless, the local government does not have the money to provide for basic needs such as books, medication or hygienic packs. JRS fills in as many gaps as possible. But Kosovo needs to invest and prepare for higher refugee flows in the future.
Morocco: a distant view to a place of protection
Morocco, 26 May 2014 – JRS Europe visits forced migrants literally living on the margins of society: on a mountain in Morocco. Destitution and desperation drive them to attempt to cross high barbed wire fences into the two Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta. But recently, 300 migrants faced Spanish rubber bullets and tear gas at Ceuta, killing 15. JRS Europe condemns this flagrant violation of EU law and demands that migrants coming to Europe have access to asylum procedures.
Time to put words into action
13 May 2014 - This week a boat carrying 400 migrants sank off the coast of Lampedusa. Up to 40 may have died and many more gone missing. The latest tragedy in the Mediterranean shows that the EU cannot dither any longer on creating safe and legal channels for protection seekers to come to the EU.
Voices of Europe unite to help Syria's refugees
Brussels, 9 May 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service, as part of the ECRE coalition of more than 100 NGOs across Europe, joins the Europe Act Now campaign to call on European leaders to protect refugees fleeing the Syrian war.
Germany: Europe can do more to help Syria's refugees
9 May 2014 - JRS Europe and other NGOs support the German Parliament's call for an EU conference to resettle more of Syria's refugees to Europe.