JRS PORTUGAL -
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
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
•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.
•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
“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
Leonard, an asylum seeker
from Rwanda who is a resident of the JRS Pedro Arrupe Shelter.
Mr Andre Jorge, Country Director
Serviço Jesuíta aos Refugiados, Rua 8 ao Alto do Lumiar, Lote 59,
Tel: +351 21 755 2790
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