JRS PORTUGAL -
www.jrsportugal.pt


REACHING OUT TO THE MOST VULNERABLE
 

JRS welcomed several relocated refugees from Malta into their new ‘Welcoming Centre’, after having signed a protocol with the government to provide services to these individuals.

 

At the detention centre in Porto, JRS continues to provide psycho-social services; at the national level, JRS has lobbied for alternatives to detention. During the debate on the country’s new Foreigner’s Law, JRS advocated to keep measures allowing migrants to legally settle, and against restrictive changes that would have led to more cases of destitution.

 

JRS PORTUGAL ACTIVITIES IN 2012
 

Accompaniment
•3,424 people supported at the JRS Pedro Arrupe Shelter; psycho-social services for 196 detainees; psychological counseling for 132 people at the JRS Centre.

Accommodation
•68 migrants housed at the Pedro Arrupe Centre; 25 homeless migrants received social and spiritual support.

Education and training
•170 people provided with professional training, literacy and Portuguese language courses; 355 people employed via the JRS Employment Office


 

REFUGEE TESTIMONY

 

“I was detained at Lisbon Airport for 15 nasty days that reminded me of the terrible nights in my country. I got a four month temporary residence permit but when I left detention, I had no place to go. I was admitted to the JRS Centro Pedro Arrupe. I started to develop psychological problems because I felt guilty about the terrible situation my family was going through. I thought of committing suicide several times.

 

Thanks to the support I got from JRS, my health improved. I started learning Portuguese and doing voluntary work that helped me integrate into the local community”.
 

Leonard, an asylum seeker from Rwanda who is a resident of the JRS Pedro Arrupe Shelter.

 

 

Contact Details

Mr Andre Jorge, Country Director
Serviço Jesuíta aos Refugiados, Rua 8 ao Alto do Lumiar, Lote 59, P-1750-342 Lisboa
Tel: +351 21 755 2790
jrs(a)jrsportugal.pt

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Jesuit Refugee Service Europe - Rue du Progrès (Vooruitgangstraat) 333/2 - B-1030 Bruxelles - Belgium
Tel: + 32 2 250 32 20 - Fax: + 32 2 250 32 29 - Email: europe(a)jrs.net