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New position at JRS Europe
Brussels, May 2016 – JRS Europe is recruiting for a Finance and Fundraising Officer.
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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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Recent stories
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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Forced migration and the Turkish gate-keeper
Brussels, 8 April 2016 – As the deportation of migrants from Greece to Turkey resumes today under the EU-Turkey deal we question whether Turkey really can offer the protection that many of these migrants need and whether the European Union is living up to its own core values on human rights.
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Humanitarian visas one step closer
Brussels, 31 March 2016 - On 16 March, the Members of the European Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee voted in favour of introducing European humanitarian visas within the EU Visa Code.
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No.8 - From life and death to Church asylum
Journeys of Hope dispatch number eight (30 March 2016): in this concluding dispatch, Danielle Vella reflects on the game of Russian roulette that almost everyone she has spoken to has played to reach Europe.
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No.7 - The people here are kind
Journeys of Hope dispatch number seven (23 March 2016): "Don’t be afraid, you're safe, you’re in Germany." These were the first words Sara heard when she stumbled out of the truck that had just taken her from Hungary to the promised land. Police caught Sara, her husband Mustafa, and their five-year-old son but were quick to offer reassurance. 
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No.6 - If people are crying, no one hears
Journeys of Hope dispatch number six (16 March 2016): Rose started playing football when she was seven. “I play very well,” she says seriously. “It is my profession. Many teams appreciated me.” So much so, a team snapped her up when she was 12.
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EU-Turkey plan disregards human rights
Brussels, 11 March 2016 – Earlier this week heads of EU member states met the Prime Minister of Turkey to try to find solutions to the humanitarian crisis playing out in the Aegean. The resultant plan dubbed ‘one for one’ envisages treating people fleeing war and state failure like parcels and would be a huge blow to human rights in Europe if ever implemented.
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No.5 - The other route: going through hell
Journeys of Hope dispatch number five (9 March 2016): “I am never going back to Somalia, ever.” Yasmin’s firm determination not to return to her home country is more than justified. The 19-year-old girl left to avoid the unwelcome advances of a member of the Al-Shabaab terrorist group. Saying no was not an option. “Someone from Al-Shabab wanted to marry a friend of mine and her father said ‘no’. Both father and daughter were killed.”
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Dismantling fences
Brussels, 3 March 2016 - As countries have restricted entry to their territories, with some closing their borders in a domino effect, a bottleneck of people has built up in Greece. Asylum seekers are locked by fences and guards who are prepared to use force to keep migrants from crossing the borders. As a result, migrants will resort to smugglers as the only option for moving out of Greece to another European country where they can more feasibly claim asylum.
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No.4 - My last chance
Journeys of Hope dispatch number four (2 March 2016): Refugees who face a terrifying journey to seek life over death deserve praise for their courage. This came to me powerfully in recent weeks when I met so many travelling the Balkan route to find asylum in Europe. And especially when I listened to Qusai, who needed an extra dose of courage to make the risky choices he did, despite his unique vulnerability. 


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