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Press release - Three years EU Migration Agenda: refugees forgotten at the gates of Europe
Brussels, 19 June 2018 – In May 2015 the European Commission presented the European Agenda on Migration, meant to address the challenges of the increased arrivals of migrants and refugees to Europe. Three years later arrivals have decreased and policymakers claim their plan worked.
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What is JRS doing this World Refugee Day across Europe?
Brussels, 15 June 2018 – Around the globe, World Refugee Day is celebrated this year on Tuesday, 20 June. While the day itself is full of events centred around celebration, awareness raising and advocacy, the network of country offices in the JRS Europe network have plenty of things in store spanning the full week to celebrate people’s stories and shed light on crucial issues affecting the context of forced migration today both at European and national level.
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JRS Europe Annual Report 2017
Brussels, 14 June 2018 - JRS Europe is pleased to present the Annual Report 2017. The report details work by the Regional Office in Brussels as well as 17 national JRS offices across Europe, over the course of 2017.
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New job offer at JRS Europe
Brussels, 8 June 2018 – The JRS Europe office in Brussels is currently recruiting for a Fundraising Officer.
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New report criticises Spanish practices on migrant detention
Brussels, 8 June 2018 – The Jesuit Migrant Service (Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes, SJM) in Spain published “Sufrimiento Inútil” (“Needless Suffering”), its annual report on the detention of irregular migrants by the Spanish authorities. SJM argues that keeping irregular migrants in detention centres leads to unnecessary human suffering, serves no purpose, and should be abolished.
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Secondary movements: Necessary result of a flawed system
Brussels, 4 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.
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Forgotten at the Gates of Europe Conference Programme
Brussels, 7 May 2018 – On 19 June, the eve of World Refugee Day, JRS Europe will draw attention back to the EU’s external borders. JRS Europe will launch its report Protection at the External Borders and host a follow-up discussion.
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Recent stories
JRS Europe’s campaign I Get You named as an example of social innovation
Brussels, 17 May 2018 – I Get You is one of the projects highlighted in a report from FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities) and the Boston College Center for Social Innovation. I Get You was chosen as an example of socially innovative responses to the needs of refugees and migrants.
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Celebrating Refugee Mothers Around the World
Washington D.C., 9 May 2018 – JRS/USA Executive Director Joan Rosenhauer reflects on the story of a refugee mother she met while in Greece, and finds that all mothers want the same thing for their children - a hopeful future.
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SAVE THE DATE – Forgotten at the Gates of Europe
Brussels, 7 May 2018 – On 19 June, the eve of World Refugee Day, JRS Europe will draw attention back to the EU’s external borders. JRS Europe will launch its report Protection at the External Borders and host a follow-up discussion. Julia Behrens from the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency, Stefan Maier from UNCHR and a representative from ECRE, among others, will provide insight.
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Art exhibition HOPE IS MAYBE in Germany
Brussels, 3 May 2018  JRS Germany launches today the art exhibition ‘HOPE IS MAYBE’, an art project on the diversity of hope. The art exhibition will feature the work of various artists who have captured Hope in different artworks. This public art project was initiated by Michael Haerteis from Collaborative Creativity and Jesuit Refugee Service in Munich.
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Spain: report on reception and integration
Brussels, 30 April 2018 - The report “Welcoming without integrating“ highlights the integration conditions of refugees in Spanish society, and the role played by the Reception System.
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Greece: Government Defies Court on Asylum Seekers
Athens, 25 April 2018 – 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.
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World Book Day - Journeys of Hope: the voices of refugees
Brussels, 23 April 2018 – On this World Book Day, do not miss the opportunity to read the stories of individual refugees. Eight unique articles share the struggles, hopes and dreams of people seeking a new and safe life in Europe.
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JRS UK: Windrush scandal shows hostile environment must end
London, 19 April 2018 - Responding to the welcome news that the Government has bowed to media pressure and reversed its mistreatment of Windrush-era citizens, the Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK (JRS UK) has called on the Home Secretary to abandon its cruel hostile environment agenda altogether.
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Podcast: the shortcomings of the EU-Turkey deal
Brussels, 16 April 2018 – JRS Europe's Policy and Advocacy Officer Claudia Bonamini analyses the EU-Turkey statement two years after it entered into force in Standing with Refugees podcast with Paul Hutchings, one of the founders of Refugee Support Europe.
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Help us to help: JRS Croatia crowdfunding for refugee integration
Brussels, 5 April 2018 – Today, JRS Croatia launches their crowdfunding campaign “Jucer stranci, danas susjedi” translated as “Yesterday strangers, today neighbours” to support its recently opened Centre for the Integration of Refugees – SOL.
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Annual General Meeting, Belgrade: the challenge of welcoming and protecting refugees in a ‘transit’ country
Brussels, 28 March 2018 – More than 50 members of staff from over 18 different countries gathered in Belgrade last week for JRS Europe’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). "The AGM is an important occasion for exchange on how each national office accompanies, serves and advocates for refugees," says Jose Ignacio Garcia SJ, director of JRS Europe.
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JRS Europe coordination meeting in Serbia
Belgrade, 22 March 2018 – For two and a half days this week, directors from 19 JRS national offices in Europe came together with the JRS Europe team for a Regional Coordination Meeting (RCM) in Belgrade, Serbia. This bi-annual meeting is a key occasion for JRS in Europe to build our common projects and work to accompany, serve and advocate for refugees in the region.
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Global: JRS reacts to the first draft of the Global Compact on Refugees
Rome, 20 March 2018 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and 15 other NGOs have jointly released a reaction statement on the first draft of a Global Compact on Refugees, issued by the UNHCR on 9 March 2018.
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