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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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Recent stories
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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11th Detention Visitors Support Group in Brussels
Brussels, 26 June 2017 - For the 11th year running, JRS Europe hosted a three-day workshop for detention centre visitors. This year, the training programme focused on developing emotional resilience to prevent the burnout of visitors.
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VIDEO campaign: spotlight on refugee integration
PRESS RELEASE 19 June 2017, Brussels – As part of the ‘I Get You’ campaign, JRS Europe mapped 315 grassroots refugee initiatives across 9 EU countries. Now, for Refugee Day, we proudly launch 9 campaign videos that put some of these projects into focus.
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A marriage torn by borders
PEB PROJECT: Bucharest, 15 June 2017 - It never occurred to Sayid that one day his president would order him to fight a war against his own people. He taught English literature at Damascus University. His ambitions were like any other – work hard, earn a living, raise a family.
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JRS Europe welcomes new policy and advocacy officer
Brussels, 8 June 2017 – JRS Europe is pleased to welcome Claudia Bonamini as our new Policy and Advocacy Officer.
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I Get You combats racism and xenophobia
PRESS RELEASE 31 May 2017, Brussels – JRS Europe, today, releases key data analysis of 315 community building initiatives mapped as part of I Get You. The European Mapping Report shows that grassroots projects working on integration with refugees have a big impact combatting racism and xenophobia in the nine countries taking part.
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From Iran to Greece: impossible choices
PEB PROJECT: Athens, 16 May 2017 - For Zeinab, growing up in Sanandaj, Iran, a mid- sized city known as a centre of Kurdish culture, should have been an experience as normal as any other.
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JRS France: opening doors, horizons and minds
Paris, 05 May 2017 – As France gears up to choose its next president in elections on Sunday, the director of JRS France, Antoine Paumard SJ, looks back on a year full new challenges, but also new hope for greater collaboration and hospitality for refugees from civil society.
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Malta: a battle between ants and an elephant
Malta, 28 April 2017 - “A battle between ants and an elephant” is how Huong, one of nine Vietnamese survivors of human trafficking and labour exploitation whom I met in Malta while working with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) as part of my Tertianship program, describes their ongoing struggle for justice.
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Germany: local welcome vs. government roll-back
Berlin, 25 April 2017 – In this preview from our upcoming annual report, JRS Germany communications officer, Dorothee Hasskamp, looks back over the last year of work and briefs us on the situation for refugees in Germany.
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