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More humane and effective asylum and migration policies
Brussels, 18 February 2019  JRS Europe and 19 other organisations urge the European Parliament and the Council to consider a number of key elements in the new European Union’s Asylum and Migration Fund (AMF), currently under negotiations. It is of vital importance that the new AMF still can contribute to the promotion of more humane, transparent and effective asylum and migration policies.
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Dr. Mireille Twayigira inspires others with her story of hope
Brussels, 11 February 2019 – Today, on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, meet Dr. Mireille Twayigira. Dr. Twayigira is a former refugee from Rwanda who found hope through education and – with the help of JRS – realised her full potential. Now she is a medical doctor at a hospital in Malawi and works to inspire others through her story and profession in healthcare.
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A place of hope for refugees
Italy, 8 February 2019 - In a time when the gates of Europe seem closed to people in need of protection, JRS Italy is opening a new reception and integration centre for asylum seekers and refugees.
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The opportunity to open our hearts and our homes
United Kingdom, 24 January 2019 - One of the hosts of At Home, JRS UK hosting programme, reflects on welcoming destitute refugees into their community.
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Christmas Lunch with a Refugee
Croatia, 22 January 2019 - For the third consecutive year, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Croatia successfully organized “Christmas Lunch with a Refugee,” an initiative that promotes a space for encounter and communication between locals and refugees.
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“Disembarkation, finally!” – Joint NGO reaction to the authorisation to disembark 49 rescued migrants
Malta, 9 January 2019  We welcome Malta’s decision to allow the disembarkation of the 49 migrants rescued by NGO boats, most of whom spent 18 days at sea. Disembarkation will ensure that they are provided with safety, shelter, and care.
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People are more important
Malta, 8 January 2018 – We are appalled beyond words that, after 18 days of negotiations, 49 men, women and children remain stuck on a boat within sight of the Maltese shore. In spite of countless calls for solidarity, European Member States have not managed to find a diplomatic solution to the current impasse. We call on Malta to prioritize life and open its doors today.
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Recent stories
Gifting hospitality: Welcoming asylum seekers
Brussels, 19 December 2018 – The Communities of Hospitality project is giving hospitality to refugees throughout Europe. A series of initiatives that bring together locals and refugees to strengthen and promote a culture of welcome and understanding.
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Gifting hospitality to refugees this Christmas
Brussels, 14 December 2018 – This Christmas, help us to continue giving gifts of hospitality to people who have been forced to flee their homes, their families and their sense of comfort and safety. With your help, we can continue to provide support to refugees like Yared.
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25.000 kilometres to foster hospitality
Brussels, 13 December 2018 - The initiative Hospitality Paths (#CaminosdeHospitalidad) involved hikes that included 2,000 people, 15 different Spanish cities and 25,000 kilometres. These hikes showed commitment to those forcibly displaced migrants who are in the move looking for a safe place to continue their lives in hope for a better future.
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JRS International Director’s Statement Urging Support for the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration
Rome, 7 December 2018 - The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) calls on the member states of the United Nations to respond to this historic moment for refugees and migrants, and support the UN Global Compacts on Refugees and Migrants that are both entering their final stages of adoption.
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Beatriz's testimony: Out of love
Brussels, 5 December 2018 – I became a volunteer in JRS Greece in September 2018! I had dreamed a lot about what to expect, I had my own fears and I put my own expectations onto the volunteer position. What I have experienced made me realise that all my dreams, all my expectations, and all my fears could not even compare with what I am living and learning here.
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Yara's testimony: Hospitality
Brussels, 5 December 2018 – I am one of the four people who founded Frans’ Hike, a gathering of friends for sport, social, environmental, cultural and entertainment activity, undertaken by individuals of all ages and nationalities. Frans’ Hike gathers people to walk together, to enjoy nature and live together.
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Catherine's testimony: Together with those in detention
Brussels, 5 December 2018 – I work as a volunteer at a detention centre for migrants in Porto, Portugal. My work involves providing psychosocial support, working side by side with migrants, providing empathy and companionship in circumstances that are stressful and often depressing.
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Volunteers give hope to refugees in Europe
Brussels, 5 December 2018 – Is there a better time to celebrate JRS volunteers than International Volunteer Day? Volunteers play an indispensable role in our daily work to accompany, serve and advocate for refugees.
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Greece Move Asylum Seekers to Safety
Athens, 5 December 2018 – The Greek Government and its European Union partners should urgently ensure that all asylum seekers on the Aegean islands are transferred to suitable accommodation on the mainland or relocated to other EU countries as winter approaches, 20 human rights and other organizations said.
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Forced migrants trapped in the labyrinth
Brussels, 29 November 2018 – Today our JRS partner in Spain, Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes, released the report “Remove from the Labyrinth” (Sacar del laberinto). This 53-page publication analyzes and depicts the different legal and administrative barriers migrants and asylum seekers face while entering, transiting and trying to exit the city of Melilla, a Spanish city located in the north coast of Africa which shares a border with Morocco.
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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Brussels, 25 November 2018 - Migrant and refugee women and girls are especially vulnerable to gender-based violence. The physical, sexual and psychological abuse they face in their countries is one of the reasons why women and girls leave home to seek protection. But they also encounter abuses while trying to reach safety, both at EU external borders and once in Europe.
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A ray of hope for unaccompanied children in Macedonia
Brussels, 20 November 2018 – Universal Children’s Day reminds us of the over 35 million children on the move worldwide. Hundreds of thousands of children move without their parents or other relatives, making them extremely vulnerable to violence, abuse and exploitation throughout an already dangerous migration journey.
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Meeting with the Other
Brussels, 16 November 2018 – On International Tolerance Day, JRS Europe calls on the European Union and its Members States to foster a welcoming and inclusive society, where diversity unites and enriches the lives of its citizens and all people who reside within its territory.
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