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08 Oct 2018 description

Europe: At Home and the change it brings

London, 8 October 2018 - Brother Bernard Elliot SJ, who started JRS UK, once said that when a person starts to feel at home “they begin to enjoy being human.” By creating environments where people feel secure, a person can feel relaxed and begin to grow and enjoy their relationships.

13 Sep 2018 description
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19 NGOs decry conditions at the site, now worse than ever, and call for sustainable solutions to both decongest the islands and improve conditions across first receptions centres in North Aegean Sea.

04 Sep 2018 description

Dzaleka, 4 September 2018 - The first ever Naweza Girls Conference was held at Dzaleka Refugee camp in the Red Cross Hall last month. The conference was part of the Naweza project, a partnership between the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and the Fidel Götz Foundation that aims to empower refugee girls, increase their access and improve the quality of their education, security and overall well-being.

03 Sep 2018 description

Overview Refugee Children in Addis Ababa

As of August 2018 a total of 22’802 refugees reside in Addis Ababa, mostly from Eritrea, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and the Great Lakes region. Of the total urban refugee population 7698 (34%) are children. 868 are unaccompanied and separated (377 UAC, 491 SC). Whereas 18’981 refugees are residing in Addis under the Out of Camp Policy, 3821 refugees are urban assisted due to their medical, protection or humanitarian needs and receiving financial assistance from UNHCR and partners.

29 Aug 2018 description

Who we are

37 years of serving refugees around the world

11 Jul 2018 description
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Athens, 11 July 2018 - We, the undersigned organizations active in human rights and humanitarian aid, urge the Regional Governor of the North Aegean Region to re-examine her decision to suspend the operations of Lesvos Solidarity in the area of PIPKA on the island of Lesvos.

03 Jul 2018 description

Europe: Three years after the EU Migration Agenda – report launch

27 Jun 2018 description

Washington, 27 June 2018 – Jesuit Refugee Service/USA urges the U.S. Government to take necessary action to ensure that asylum seekers arriving in the U.S. are not criminally punished for trying to seek protection and that the rights and dignity of children and families entering the U.S. are respected.

21 Jun 2018 description

Rome, 20 juin 2018 – Le pape François a a pressé la communauté mondiale d’adopter une réponse partagée à la situation mondiale des réfugiés, qui peut être définie en 4 mots : accueillir, protéger, promouvoir, intégrer. En cette Journée Mondiale des Réfugiés, le Service Jésuite des Réfugiés (JRS) et Entreculturas construisent sur les mots du pape François en plaidant pour l’éducation des réfugiés à travers la campagne 4 Words to Open the World (4 mots pour ouvrir le monde).

20 Jun 2018 description

Rome, 20 June 2018 - Pope Francis has urged the global community to adopt a shared response to the global refugee situation that may be articulated in four words: welcome, protect, promote and integrate. This World Refugee Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and Entreculturas are building upon Pope Francis’s words to advocate for refugee education with the campaign 4 Words to Open the World.

13 Jun 2018 description

(Washington, D.C.) June 13, 2018 - Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, the Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology, the Kino Border Initiative, and 12 U.S.-based Jesuit law schools strongly oppose the recent decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that seeks to rule out most claims of domestic and gang violence for asylum seekers arriving in the U.S.

11 Jun 2018 description

Brussels, 11 June 2018 – Ask any politician in Europe what a priority in the reform of the EU’s asylum system should be, and they will probably talk about preventing ‘secondary movements’, i.e. preventing asylum seekers and refugees from travelling between several EU countries after first arriving to EU territory.

21 May 2018 description

Ginebra, 21 mayo 2018 – El pasado 16 de mayo, el Centro de Seguimiento del Desplazamiento Interno (IDMC, por sus siglas en inglés) presentó en Londres su Informe Global Anual sobre los Desplazamientos Internos. El informe señala que a finales de 2017 había 30,6 millones de personas desplazadas en 143 países. Por lo general, los desastres naturales fueron la principal causa de los nuevos desplazamientos en Asia y las Américas, mientras que los conflictos armados fueron la de la mayoría de los desplazamientos en África y Oriente Medio.

09 May 2018 description

The new Hungarian parliament which will first assemble on 8 May is set to vote on draconian and regressive legislation which could arbitrarily restrict fundamental rights and freedoms of civil society. The proposed laws would further undermine and stigmatise organisations working to defend the human rights of migrants and refugees.

04 May 2018 description

Sydney, 4 May 2018 – Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia, Jesuit Social Services, and the Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) recently released a joint statement on the Australian government’s intent to reduce access to Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) for people seeking asylum in Australia. 

27th April 2018 

A Joint Catholic Statement on SRSS Income Cuts for People Seeking Asylum in Australia 

25 Apr 2018 description

(Athens) – The Greek government’s move on April 20, 2018, overturning a binding court ruling ordering it to end its abusive policy of trapping asylum seekers on Greece’s islands raises rule of law concerns, 21 human rights and humanitarian organizations said today.

19 Apr 2018 description

Since January 2015, more than 1 million people fleeing war, persecution and poverty entered or passed through Greece in search of safety and a better life, and more than 1,200 were reported dead or missing. During the latter part of 2015 and early 2016, selective and arbitrary admission policies were put in place by various European countries that eventually closed their borders to all migrants. On 20 March 2016, the EU-Turkey Deal came into effect whereby all migrants arriving irregularly on to the Greek islands would be returned to Turkey.

16 Apr 2018 description

Jesuit Refugee Service/USA released a report this morning calling on policy/decision-makers to make education a priority in response to refugees.

24 Mar 2018 description

Brussels, 24 March 2018 –This week signals the so-called EU-Turkey deal’s second year of existence. European States and EU institutions present this agreement as an achievement that dramatically, and almost magically, reduced the number of forced migrants arriving in Europe each day. Unfortunately, the true magic of the deal is that it made suffering and injustice invisible at Europe’s borders. Yet, suffering and injustice, are still there, possibly even worse than before, and thanks to the deal, policymakers have a justification not to act.