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‘Enjoying being human’ – ‘At Home’ and the change it brings
London, 4 October 2018 – In this new ‘Voices’ piece, JRS UK’s Communities of Hospitality Coordinator Naomi Turner reflects on the ‘At Home’ hosting scheme that brings people who are destitute together with a local individual or family willing to support them.
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Italy: The security decree that makes everyone more insecure
Brussels, 25 September 2018 – JRS Italy (Centro Astalli) is concerned about the effects that the new measures introduced by the 'Salvini decree' on migration and security - unanimously approved on the 24th of September by the Italian Council of Ministers - will have on the lives of migrants and on the social cohesion of the whole country.
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Conditions at Moria are “shameful
Athens, 13 September 2018 – 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.
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Help is no crime: stand with volunteers against the criminalisation of solidarity
Brussels, 7 September 2018 – The arrest of Sarah Mardini and Seán Binder is the latest case of a worrying trend towards the criminalisation of solidarity in Europe. The two volunteers were arrested by the Greek authorities on 21 August for helping refugees and migrants arriving by sea on Lesbos island. With this joint letter, European civil society organisations call on the Greek authorities to release Sarah and Sean while their trial is pending.
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Save lives at sea = Open safe and legal pathways
Brussels, 27 August 2018 – ‘Saving lives at sea’ is a recurring goal behind the recent European initiatives in the field of asylum and migration. This goal has been used to justify far-reaching cooperation with countries with problematic human rights records, such as Turkey or Libya, to prevent people from attempting to cross the sea.
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International Youth Day
Brussels, 12 August 2018 – On International Youth Day, JRS Europe draws attention to the situation of migrant and asylum seeking children and teenagers in detention in Europe.
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Maya: A Refugee Mother on a Challenging Journey
Washington, D.C. 6 August 2018 – An hour north of Athens, in the town of Oinofyta, refugees many from Syria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan have been given shelter in an abandoned industrial warehouse. Jesuit Refugee Service Greece visits the camp weekly to provide an activity for children and identify those most in need of support. Last month, I had the opportunity to visit Oinofyta with JRS Greece.
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Recent stories
We do not forget Syria
Brussels, 30 July 2018 – Today, JRS Portugal organises the event ‘We do not forget Syria’ to reflect on what is happening in the country after eight years of conflict and to share the experiences of our JRS colleagues working there.
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Recommendations for humane return policies in Europe
Brussels, 18 July 2018 – JRS Europe together with other faith-based organisations published the position paper “Recommendations for humane return policies in Europe”. Increasing removal rates of migrants and asylum seekers has recently become a political priority, at the detriment of integration measures and safe and legal pathways of migration.
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Spanish Supreme Court condemns government for failure to meet relocation target
Brussels, 13 July 2018 – The Spanish Supreme Court condemned the government of Spain for falling significantly below its quota to relocate 19,449 asylum seekers from Greece and Italy between 2015 and 2017. The Court recalled the mandatory nature of the two Relocation Decisions adopted by the Council of the European Union in May and September 2015.
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NGO statement on the closure of PIKPA solidarity camp
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.
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Changing the narrative about refugees
Brussels, 11 July 2018 – JRS UK organized the conference “Refugee Stories: Changing the Narrative” to reflect on ways to change the narrative and public discourse about refugees and asylum seekers. At a time when refugees often face a hostile environment, it is now more fundamental than ever to place their voices at the centre of the narratives about migration and to re-shape the conversation.
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New head for JRS Germany
Brussels, 2 July 2018 – Fr. Claus Pfuff is the new Country Director of Jesuit Refugee Service in Germany. With a celebration on 11 June in Berlin, he succeeded Fr. Frido Pflüger as JRS Germany Director. Pfuff, originally from Weilheim (Bavaria), was a school chaplain at the Jesuit High School Canisius-Kolleg in Berlin. Frido Pflüger will head the JRS in Uganda.
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Joint NGO statement on the government's decision to close Malta's ports to NGO rescue ships
Malta, 2 July 2018 – The inevitable consequence of the decision to close Malta’s ports to the rescue vessels will be that more people will lose their lives attempting to reach a place of safety. This especially since EU states do not seem to have any plans to increase their search and rescue capacity in the Mediterranean, but intend to rely instead on the Libyan coastguard to conduct rescues.
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JRS Europe: European Council continues to choose borders above people
Brussels, 29 June 2018 – JRS Europe is disappointed about the outcome of the European Council of 28 June. “In dealing with the challenges of migration, Member States consistently reach for the old recipes: externalisation, impenetrable borders, cooperation with dubious regimes and detention,” says JRS Europe’s Policy and Advocacy Officer Claudia Bonamini. “But these policies will not stop migration as Member States wish; instead, they will only exacerbate human suffering and prolong refugees’ search for protection.”
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Ireland can and should do more in responding to the EU Refugee Crisis
Brussels, 25 June 2018 – A new JRS Ireland report launched in Milltown today, Sharing Responsibility, Saving Lives critically analyses Ireland and the EU responses to the Refugee Crisis between September 2015 and December 2017. At the height of the EU Refugee Crisis in September 2015, Ireland committed to providing 4,000 places under the Irish Refugee and Protection Programme (IRPP) by the end of 2017.
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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 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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