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The final countdown: European political groups' positions on migration and asylum
Brussels, 22 May 2019 – Just before the final countdown for the European elections 2019, JRS Europe encourages the electoral body to have a closer look at the manifestos of the different European political groups.
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The story of thousands: Michael
Brussels, 21 May 2019 – Human dignity is one of the fundamental values upon which the European Union is funded. The upcoming elections are a good opportunity to build a Europe that guarantees dignified reception conditions for all the families who are forced to flee like Michael’s.
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The story of thousands: Rahim
Brussels, 21 May 2019 – In the forthcoming European elections, JRS Europe would vote for a Europe that protects and respects all vulnerable people, including sick asylum seekers like Rahim.
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The story of thousands: Ahmad
Brussels, 21 May 2019 – In view of the upcoming European elections, JRS Europe recalls the importance of solidarity among Member States to allow integration and equal possibilities to refugees like Ahmad.
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The story of thousands: Morteza
Brussels, 20 May 2019 – In the framework of the upcoming European elections, JRS Europe supports all political forces that work toward a welcoming society and ensure protection and liberty for all refugee children like Morteza.
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#ThisTimeImVoting - ZAGREB Youth gathering
Croatia, 20 May 2019 - The European Parliament Liaison Office in Croatia along with different partners, including the Jesuit Refugee Service Croatia organised last week a big event for Europe Day: #ThisTimeImVoting Zagreb Youth gathering.
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Resilience: the other word for social inclusion
Brussels, 16 May 2019  Soheila is a 30-year-old woman from Iran. She has a degree in art, she loves painting and has two dreams for the future: one is to teach art in a school and share with children her love about painting; the other one is to exhibit her own paintings at some point. Her story is an example of resilience and determination for a better and fairer life against all odds.
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Recent stories
Access to protection in Europe: A never-ending story
Brussels, 7 May 2019 – Against the background of the upcoming European elections, JRS Europe, in a full room at Chapel for Europe, was excited to meet with committed migration and asylum experts and an enthusiastic audience to reflect on the challenges that refugees and migrants still face not only en route, but also even after they arrive in Europe.
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JRS Europe's Annual General Meeting: Fostering integration in the city
Brussels, 30 April 2019 – More than 50 JRS staff members from over 12 countries came together this April in Barcelona for JRS Europe’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), specially dedicated this year to the topic of integration in the city.
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The long journey to Europe Conference Programme
Brussels, 26 April 2019 – With the next European Parliament elections fast approaching, and populism and anti-migrant rhetoric on the rise, understanding the complexities of migration is key to promoting a more inclusive European society. On 6 May, we will reflect on the challenges migrants and refugees face in their journey and once in Europe.
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Make them act against racism and discrimination
Brussels, 19 April 2019  JRS Europe together with JRS Greece and more than 110 organisations and communities of the civil society in Greece and other European countries co-sign a public statement, which reflects our deep worry for the rise of racism, xenophobia and far right in Europe in view of the upcoming European elections.
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Shaping a Europe that works for all through The Power of Voting
Brussels, 10 April 2019  With the European Parliament elections fast approaching, JRS launches #ThePowerofVote campaign calling the European citizens to vote while keeping in mind the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.
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Stop the number of refugee deaths in the Mediterranean
Germany, 3 April 2019 - More than 250 German and international refugee and human rights organisations, sea rescue organisations, churches, trade unions and youth organisations have called on Chancellor Angela Merkel in an open letter to take urgent action in light of the number of refugee deaths in the Mediterranean.
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"I live in a European country that has the worst refugee camp in the world"
Brussels, 20 March 2019  Francisca Onofre, director of JRS Greece, has been living in Athens since the summer of 2018. She gives us her testimony: "These have been years of realising what living in mission is about, growing the desire to be close to people, working with and for the most vulnerable ones: the poor of the poor".
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JRS Continues to Call for Commitment to Displaced Syrians
Brussels, 18 March 2019  This week, the Syrian conflict enters its 9th year. Though reports indicate that ISIS is in retreat and the United States government is pushing for withdrawal of troops, millions of people are still suffering, and the need to commit resources and attention to those displaced by the war remains.
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Third anniversary EU-Turkey Statement
Brussels, 14 March 2019 – Ahead of the third Anniversary since the entry into force of the EU-Turkey Statement in 2016, civil society organisations in Greece and across Europe, including JRS Europe and JRS Greece, denounce in a common open letter the systemic practice of confinement that asylum seekers and migrants have to suffer on the Greek islands.
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Proud to be a girl
Kabul, 8 March 2019 – International Women’s Day is a great step towards giving space to women to be happy for who they are and to claim their rights. Bashria Jan Sarwari, former student and teacher from Afghanistan tells her powerful story. "I would like to introduce a girl who has experienced a life that is common for most women of her country: it is my story."
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JRS and the Croatian Ministry of the Interior signed an agreement on the integration of refugees
Croatia, 6 March 2019 – The head of the Jesuit Refugee Service of South Eastern Europe (JRS), Father Tvrtko Barun, and the Croatian Minister of the Interior Davor Božinovic signed a new Cooperation Agreement for the Integration of Resettled Persons from Turkey in late December 2018.
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Hospitality: do we need it?
Portugal, 5 March 2019 – Next European Parliament Elections are approaching. To participate in the debate before this electoral date in May 2019, JRS Portugal and Brotéria organise the event "Hospitality: do we need it?" at Braço de Prata, Lisbon on 9 March.
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JRS meeting with Cardinal Josef De Kesel
Brussels, 27 February 2019  Jesuit Refugee Service Belgium hosted Cardinal Josef De Kesel at the S. Michel College on 12 February, as well as Christian-based partners working in the migration sector. JRS team members and collaborators gave testimonials on their key commitments.
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