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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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Recent stories
More humane and effective asylum and migration policies
Brussels, 18 February 2019  JRS Europe and 19 other organisations urge the European Parliament and the Council to consider a number of key elements in the new European Union’s Asylum and Migration Fund (AMF), currently under negotiations. It is of vital importance that the new AMF still can contribute to the promotion of more humane, transparent and effective asylum and migration policies.
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Dr. Mireille Twayigira inspires others with her story of hope
Brussels, 11 February 2019 – Today, on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, meet Dr. Mireille Twayigira. Dr. Twayigira is a former refugee from Rwanda who found hope through education and – with the help of JRS – realised her full potential. Now she is a medical doctor at a hospital in Malawi and works to inspire others through her story and profession in healthcare.
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A place of hope for refugees
Italy, 8 February 2019 - In a time when the gates of Europe seem closed to people in need of protection, JRS Italy is opening a new reception and integration centre for asylum seekers and refugees.
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The opportunity to open our hearts and our homes
United Kingdom, 24 January 2019 - One of the hosts of At Home, JRS UK hosting programme, reflects on welcoming destitute refugees into their community.
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Christmas Lunch with a Refugee
Croatia, 22 January 2019 - For the third consecutive year, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Croatia successfully organized “Christmas Lunch with a Refugee,” an initiative that promotes a space for encounter and communication between locals and refugees.
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“Disembarkation, finally!” – Joint NGO reaction to the authorisation to disembark 49 rescued migrants
Malta, 9 January 2019  We welcome Malta’s decision to allow the disembarkation of the 49 migrants rescued by NGO boats, most of whom spent 18 days at sea. Disembarkation will ensure that they are provided with safety, shelter, and care.
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People are more important
Malta, 8 January 2018 – We are appalled beyond words that, after 18 days of negotiations, 49 men, women and children remain stuck on a boat within sight of the Maltese shore. In spite of countless calls for solidarity, European Member States have not managed to find a diplomatic solution to the current impasse. We call on Malta to prioritize life and open its doors today.
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Gifting hospitality: Welcoming asylum seekers
Brussels, 19 December 2018 – The Communities of Hospitality project is giving hospitality to refugees throughout Europe. A series of initiatives that bring together locals and refugees to strengthen and promote a culture of welcome and understanding.
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Calls for tender: TEACH Project

Brussels, 15 December 2018 – Selection of a Communications Expert to support JRS Europe and the project partners to implement the communication part of the TEACH Project.


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Calls for tender: TEACH Project
Brussels, 15 December 2018 – Selection of a Pedagogic Expert to support JRS Europe and the project partners to develop the pedagogical materials for the TEACH Project.
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Gifting hospitality to refugees this Christmas
Brussels, 14 December 2018 – This Christmas, help us to continue giving gifts of hospitality to people who have been forced to flee their homes, their families and their sense of comfort and safety. With your help, we can continue to provide support to refugees like Yared.
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25.000 kilometres to foster hospitality
Brussels, 13 December 2018 - The initiative Hospitality Paths (#CaminosdeHospitalidad) involved hikes that included 2,000 people, 15 different Spanish cities and 25,000 kilometres. These hikes showed commitment to those forcibly displaced migrants who are in the move looking for a safe place to continue their lives in hope for a better future.
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JRS International Director’s Statement Urging Support for the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration
Rome, 7 December 2018 - The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) calls on the member states of the United Nations to respond to this historic moment for refugees and migrants, and support the UN Global Compacts on Refugees and Migrants that are both entering their final stages of adoption.
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