Other JRS Publications




Greece: One Year Stranded and What’s Changed?
An Update to the October 2016 Joint NGO Policy Brief on the Situation for Displaced Persons in Greece.
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NGO appeal against amending Greek asylum rules for sake of EU-Turkey deal

13 organisations including JRS Greece, urge the Greek government to reject any changes in the legislation, based on the European Commission's Joint Action Plan (JAP) on the implementation of the EU-Turkey deal which will worsen  the situation for the refugees on the islands and erode the rights of people arriving to the islands and asking for protection.
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Let us be proud of Europe: 170+ NGOs call on the EU to lead by values, not fear
08 March 2017 - A group of more than 170 civil society organisations including JRS has appealed to EU heads of state and government in a joint letter to adhere to European values and to manage migration showing solidarity, respect for humanity and dignity, and responsibility.
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No Time to Waste
January, 2017 - No time to waste: NGOs call on EU institutions and member states to expand the use of safe and legal channels for refugees.
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Joint Statement: Children cannot wait
EU institutions and Member States must do more to protect refugee and migrant children, a statement signed by 78 civil society organisations said today to mark the opening of the 10th European Forum on the Rights of the Child in Brussels.
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Joint letter on the EU-Afghanistan agreement
JRS Europe along with 25 other NGOs signed this joint letter to MEPs asking them to scrutinise the recent EU-Afghanistan declaration on a Joint Way Forward.


Particular concerns include: the covert negotiation of the agreement bypassing the European Parliament, forced returns of vulnerable people (including unaccompanied minors) to an unstable country, using aid pledges as leverage for migration control.
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Joint letter on development cooperation

Ahead of the European Council on 20-21 October 2016, a joint statement was issued by NGOs including JRS Europe, calling for a migration-sensitive approach to development cooperation.


Other signatories included Oxfam, PICUM, CONCORD, World Vision, Caritas Europa, CNCD, Cordaid, EMERGENCY, Terres des Hommes and CARE.
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Greece - more than six months stranded, what now?
A joint policy brief on the situation for displaced person in Greece.
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Christian Group Position on the Dublin IV proposal
Christian Group position paper on the proposed reform of the Dublin Regulation.


"We wish to reiterate our view that Europe needs a more humane approach to asylum and protection, and that fair sharing of responsibilities ought to be achieved. We regret that the current proposal preserves the original logic of the system, while making some legal provisions much more rigid."
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EU-Turkey Deal policy analysis
In this 24-page analysis made available to policymakers, legal practitioners and other stakeholders, JRS Europe identifies a number of key human rights concerns with the EU-Turkey deal, setting the context and background for further advocacy action to defend the rights of forced migrants.
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Christian Group Position on European Border and Coast Guard Proposal

On 15 December 2015, the European Commission issued a proposal for a Regulation that would create a "European Border and Coast Guard" with a "European Border and Coast Guard Agency" built on Frontex and the Member States' border and coast guard units.


This is the policy analysis by the Christian Group published on 19 April 2016 in Brussels.
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Press release on Valletta Africa-EU summit
Jesuit Refugee Service and 10 other NGOs release a press statement on the occasion of the Valletta summit.


"Refugees are looking for protection, which is about more than mere survival – it is about the possibility to belong to a community once more and to build life anew. Unless and until we take this into account, people will effectively be denied the protection to which they are entitled and, worse, they will continue to lose their lives in their attempt to find life."
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Letter to MEPs on need for humanitarian visas
Brussels, 15 September 2015 - As part of a coalition of seven Christian NGOs, JRS Europe sent a letter outlining details of how a European humanitarian visa would save lives and create a safe path for people to apply for asylum in Europe. It would reduce the current reliance on people smugglers for access to protection in Europe. The letter to MEPs in the LIBE committee to insert provisions for a common humanitarian visa system into the recast EU Visa Code.
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Open letter to president of the EU Council, Donald Tusk
Brussels, 10 September 2015 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and its members across Europe, today called upon the President of the European Union, Donald Tusk, to lead member states to agree on common humanitarian action on refugees in their meeting of 14 September. The letter signed by 13 JRS offices and two Jesuit partner agencies calls for EU political measures to back up the warm welcome civil societies have given to refugees across the continent.


The letter was also sent to Mr Tusk in Polish.
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Creating Safe and Legal Paths to Protection in the EU
As part of a coalition of seven Christian NGOs, JRS Europe calls for a 'toolbox' to be developed with several mechanisms that ensure access to asylum and proper procedures for people in need of it. This could include the issuing of 'humanitarian visas', but also the lifting of the visa requirements for groups like those fleeing the war in Syria. Other 'tools' could include more resettlement places, humanitarian admissions, and the liberalisation of family reunification rules.
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Member States must consult NGOs on Asylum Fund
A 01 August 2014 statement issued by JRS Europe together with UNHCR, Caritas Europe, ECRE and other partners on the implementation of the partnership principle in the Asylum Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) in EU Member States. In May 2014, the AMIF was adopted and included a provision according to which Member States have to involve international organisations, non-governmental organisations and social partners when preparing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the AMIF national programmes. The statement highlights the need to agree on common standards to implement the partnership principle and to establish a partnership principle at European level.
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EU Future Migration and Asylum Policy
A letter sent to European Council President, Herman Van Rompuy urging him to prioritise the human rights of migrants and asylum seekers in future EU Migration and Asylum Policy. It calls on EU leaders at the Council meeting on 26 and 27 June 2014 to make commitments in three key areas: the right to family life; labour migration and non-discrimination; access to international protection.
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Forced migrants in Morocco and Melilla
A policy paper written after JRS Europe's visit to migrants and partners in Nador, Morocco, and the Spanish enclave Melilla between 3-8 March 2014. The paper concludes that, despite sweeping new policy changes approved by Morocco's King Mohammed VI, forced migrants still do not have access to fundamental human rights and many become stuck in the country due to the closure of the EU's borders.
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Immigration detention: looking at the alternatives
An article written by JRS Europe in the September 2013 issue of Forced Migration Review. In the article, JRS Europe writes about its latest research on alternatives to detention and the key elements that make alternatives more humane and dignified than detention.
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JRS Europe policy position on alternatives to detention
Adopted in 2012 by all JRS country offices in Europe, this document serves as the key basis for all of JRS Europe's work on alternatives to detention. It presents the contextual background upon which the position is based, key definitions of alternatives to detention, principles and the 14 policy positions that JRS Europe adheres to.
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The Invisible Borders: destitution of migrants in Europe.
A report from a public conference held on 29 March 2011 by JRS Europe on the issue of migrant destitution in Europe. Contains notes from keynote speakers and panel discussions.
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The Invisible Borders: media briefing on destitution in Europe
A four-page briefing for the media presenting JRS Europe's work on migrant destitution in the European Union. Contains case stories, key areas of concern and recommendations for policymakers.
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Immigration control must not deny access to basic rights
JRS Europe's policy position on the destitution of migrants living in the European Union. 
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Democratic Control for the Administration of the Southern Border
Produced by the Spanish Jesuit Migration Network, this briefing was produced for Members of European Parliament as a means to inform them about the realities migrants and refugees face at Europe's southern border.
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Common JRS Europe position on the administrative detention of asylum seekers and irregular migrants in Europe
Adopted in 2008, and approved by all JRS country offices in Europe, this document serves as the key basis for all of JRS Europe's work on detention in the European Union. It expresses JRS Europe's definition of immigration detention, key principles on which it stands and the 14 policy positions it adheres to. 
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