JRS Europe actively plans and implements projects to help refugees across Europe.
On the one hand, our projects respond to urgent needs such as the mass transit of forced migrants through Greece and the Balkans last year.
On the other hand, our projects are carefully planned together with partners to improve the level of refugee protection in Europe, through research, awareness raising and targeted advocacy.
Please find more information about our current projects below.
- Communities of Hospitality
- BEST - I Get You
- Protection at External Borders
Communities of Hospitality
Serving the basic needs of refugees is important, but once this initial service is provided there is so much more that we can do to help refugees feel welcome and at home in our communities.
Accompaniment is key when it comes to building new relationships and expanding the horizons of forced migrants.
For many years now, JRS in Europe has been developing new ways to provide hospitality to refugees whether it be through day centres, cultural centres, family hosting pojects or simply coffee mornings.
With global conflicts raging and the number of people reaching Europe in search of a new and safe life on the rise, the Communities of Hospitality project seeks to reduce xenophobia and discrimination by strengthening and promoting a culture of welcome and understanding.
1. Set up new communities of hospitality (CoH) in 4 European countries – Belgium, Italy, Malta and Romania – where citizens will have the opportunity to develop close friendly relations with forced migrants through different social activities.
2. Use the national CoH experiences in Germany, Poland and the UK to promote the creation of new CoH and to establish a network where individuals and communities share their experiences, identify best practices and advocate for the rights of forced migrants and in favour of the values of hospitality and solidarity.
3. Organise national hospitality campaigns in Spain, Portugal and France to raise awareness and to promote hospitality as an explicit rejection of those discourses in the mainstream that fuel hostility and the scapegoating of forced migrants.
BEST practices to combat racism and xenophobia - I Get You
Many migrants who have come to Europe experience racial discrimination, even though European migration policy and legislation is in place to protect them against racist attitudes.
JRS and its partners have learned that it is not sufficient to address discrimination and racism through enacting laws that establish specific offenses or provide enhanced penalties for racism and hate crimes, but also necessary to prevent racism by challenging public perceptions and promoting encounters between migrants and locals.
1. Identify and promote best practices to prevent racism and xenophobia against forced migrants in 9 different European countries through community building initiatives.
2. Campaign and raise awareness about these community initiatives and the benefits they bring to both migrants and host societies.
3. Disseminate research findings with key stakeholders.
For more information go to the project website here:
Co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) programme of the European Union
Protection at External Borders (PEB)
According to the Refugee Convention every person has the right to seek asylum within the territory of another country. However, this right is being eroded as states take ever harsher border control measures such as building walls and equipping border guards with truncheons and pepper spray.
As few forced migrants can obtain a visa to enter Europe by air, the only way for most to seek international protection in Europe is to reach the European Union’s external borders on land or by sea.
Many have lost everything they had on their long and dangerous journeys to safety. Family and friends are left behind or die on the journey, whilst all their resources are spent up on paying for the only means of travel that are open to them: those that are clandestine.
1. PEB first seeks to support and accompany vulnerable migrants along Europe’s outer borders.
2. The project also monitors human rights violations such as border violence against migrants and push-backs. These are recorded by JRS observers in the field and logged in detail in a specially designed database. Information gathered will be used to advocate for refugee rights with key policymakers.
JRS Malta - SJM Spain - JRS South-East Europe (Croatia and Serbia) - JRS Romania - JRS Greece - Instituto Pedro Arrupe (Sicily)
Borders being monitored:
Serbia-Hungary | Morocco-Spain (Mellila) | Africa to Italy (Sicily) or Malta via the Central Mediterranean Route | Turkey-Greece (Eastern Mediterranean Route) | Bulgaria-Romania | Serbia-Romania | Black Sea-Romania