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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.
   
Recent stories
Zaina & Osama
Brussels, 26 May 2014 – Zaina and Osama share their story of escape from Aleppo with their two children. Their terrifying journey ends in a Greek prison. Will their dreams of reclaiming a peaceful life ever come true? #HelpSyriasRefugees

     
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.
     
Searching for hope and dignity
24 April 2014 - At the first ever Voices of Faith storytelling event held in the Vatican, on 8th March, 11 remarkable women shared their personal stories demonstrating how their unwavering Christian faith has positively impacted their life, greater society and the world. Katrine Camilleri, director of JRS Malta, was among those who shared their testimony.
     
Morocco not a safe place for forced migrants in need of protection
Brussels, 15 April 2014 - JRS Europe publishes a new policy paper on its recent visit to northern Morocco and Spanish enclave Melilla.
     
Call for Europeans to vote responsibly in the next EU elections
Brussels, 14 April 2014 - The Initiative for Christians in Europe (IXE) launches a website to empower Christians to take part in the EU elections of 22-25 May.
     
Italy: government fails to protect refugees and asylum seekers
Rome, 8 April 2014 – The economic crisis in Italy has hit refugees in a particularly harsh manner. Even those who were well on the road to becoming self-sufficient have been forced to seek assistance, according the annual report by the Jesuit Refugee Service in Italy (Centro Astalli).
     
Syria: Jesuit Refugee Service mourns the death of Frans van der Lugt SJ
Beirut, 7 April 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service in Syria has announced its closure for three days over the tragic loss of Fr Frans van der Lugt. The whole JRS family is deeply saddened and shocked by his sudden death this morning.
     
JRS Syria receives Pax Christi International Peace Award
Rome, 31 March 2014 – The 2014 Pax Christi International Peace Award has been granted to the Jesuit Refugee Service Syria for dedication in providing emergency relief to Syrians since the conflict began in 2011. Established in 1988, the Award honours contemporary individuals and organisations who make a stand for peace, justice and non-violence in different parts of the world.
     
Italy: dying to come to Europe
Rome, 22 January 2014  It’s a shame it took 500 lives, lost within days, to make Europe aware of the danger faced by people who desperately try to reach its territory to seek refuge.