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When refugees speak poetry
Paris, 19 July 2016 – JRS France recently held a poetry evening with refugees from a number of different countries. Here, Anne Kempf, a French teacher working with JRS, recounts the experience.
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JRS Malta: refugee report launch
13 July 2016 – Earlier this month JRS Malta together with Aditus Foundation, Integra Foundation and the Malta Emigrants’ Commission held a press conference in Valletta to launch the ‘Journeys of Hope’ report and call on the Maltese government to give refugees safe and legal access to protection.
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Civil society calls on EU Council to uphold migrants’ rights
Brussels, 27 June 2016 – In a letter to the Dutch EU Presidency and EU leaders, JRS Europe together with five other faith-based organisations calls on them to reject proposals which would make development aid conditional on migration control. The letter was sent to the leaders before the EU Council meeting on 28-29 June during which the proposals will be discussed.
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World Refugee Day: I Get You
Brussels, 20 June 2016 – For World Refugee Day, we celebrate two months of our ‘I Get You’ campaign. In that time, you have told us your stories and shared experiences of local activities run together with refugees. ‘I Get You’ goes to the very heart of World Refugee Day: it’s about people with diverse backgrounds learning and having fun together.
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World Refugee Day 2016 — open minds, unlock potential
(Rome) June 20, 2016 — An unprecedented 60 million people  — mothers, fathers, sisters and children — have fled their homes seeking safety. Imagine everyone in the states of California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada and Colorado in motion: taking trucks, rafts, footpaths and trains; taking children, blankets, clothing and, most often, taking nothing.
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Special JRS publication for World Refugee Day: Journeys of Hope
Brussels, 17 June 2016 – Ahead of World Refugee Day, Jesuit Refugee Service Europe is pleased to present “Journeys of Hope: Stories of refugees on the road to Europe”, an eight-part documentary realised with refugees on the move through the Balkans and across the central Mediterranean from January to February 2016.
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10th Detention Visitors Support Group in Brussels
Brussels, 14 June 2016 – Last week, JRS Europe hosted a three-day workshop for detention centre visitors from across Europe for the 10th year running. The special training of this year’s Detention Visitor’s Support Group (DVSG) focused on identifying victims of human trafficking.
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Recent stories
Restrictive EU migration policies force desperate people to take deadly routes
Brussels, 8 June 2016 - While interior ministers meet tomorrow to discuss EU migration policies, people trying to reach the safety of Europe continue to die en route. Caritas Europa and Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Europe calls on European leaders to alter its restrictive approach to migration.
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Safe and humane channels needed
(Brussels), 31 May 2016 – According to the UN refugee agency at least 880 forced migrants have perished in a series of shipwrecks on the central Mediterranean over the last week. JRS unequivocally calls upon national and supranational policymakers to use all the means at their disposal to create safe and humane passages for people in need of protection.
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JRS Europe annual report 2015
Brussels, 30 May 2016 – ‘Keep the spirit of welcome alive’ is the core message of the JRS Europe annual report released today. Despite the introduction of ever more restrictive border policies by states over the last months, JRS offices across Europe continue to see a strong will for welcoming refugees by local citizens.
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Growing pressure on Irish government to act on asylum report
Dublin, 25 May 2016 – Almost one year after the Working Group on the Protection Process issued its final report, key recommendations remain to be implemented in full.
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Education is a life-saving intervention for refugees
Washington, DC, 19 May 2016 -- In the new report Providing Hope, Investing in the Future: Education in Emergencies & Protracted Crises, the Jesuit Refugee Service confirms that education is a life-saving intervention for children and adolescents who are forcibly displaced from their homes. JRS organises educational and recreational activities to heal trauma, promote human dignity, and build skills.
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I dream of a Europe...
Brussels, 9 May 2016 - On Friday 6th May, Pope Francis was conferred the Charlemagne Prize, in the presence of Donald Tusk, Jean-Claude Junker, Angela Merkel, and Felipe, King of Spain. The Pope called on Europe to rediscover a humanism based on a multicultural identity, open to migrants, a social market economy, able to give work to the young and educate them to dialogue.
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JRS Europe policy analysis: the EU-Turkey deal
Brussels, 03 May 2016 – “The EU-Turkey deal represents a seismic shift in the European Union’s policy towards forced migrants and its international protection obligations,” concludes the extensive policy analysis of the EU-Turkey deal published by JRS Europe today.
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Syria: JRS condemns violence against civilians
(Aleppo), 3 May 2016 - Since the conflict in Syria began in 2011, JRS has been on the ground providing emergency relief and support to all its victims. Following the recent escalation of fighting in and around Aleppo, JRS Middle East and North Africa announced they had been forced to suspend operations due to the highly dangerous situtation.
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JRS Europe annual general meeting in London
(Brussels), 22 April 2016 – Over 70 members of staff from over 20 different countries gathered in London last week for the JRS Europe annual general meeting. Held in the idyllic Hertfordshire countryside, participants took part in a series of talks and workshops about dealing with public opinion and building alliances to influence change.
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Alternatives to Detention report and policy seminar
Brussels, 21 April 2016 – JRS Europe was pleased to participate in the launch of new research by the International Detention Coalition entitled ‘There are alternatives’ yesterday in Brussels.
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I Get You campaign launch
Brussels, 20 April 2016 - Exactly two months before World Refugee Day we are launching a new campaign called ‘I Get You’ to map, network and strengthen local initiatives of refugee welcome in Europe. To get involved visit our new interactive campaign website today at www.igetyou-jrs.org.
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May we never forget them
(Brussels), 19 April 2016 - In his heartfelt visit to the Greek island of Lesbos at the weekend, Pope Francis stood in solidarity with refugees and migrants, reminding them “you are not alone.” 
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Greece: Pope to visit Lesbos, a symbol of hope for refugees
Rome, 12 April 2016 – At a time when hundreds of thousands are risking their lives trying to reach safety in Europe, the Jesuit Refugee Service is very pleased that Pope Francis will visit the Greek island of Lesbos, a major transit point, this Saturday, 16 April, to confront the emergency situation of refugees and the need for international solidarity among governmental and non-governmental actors head on.
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