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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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Beatriz's testimony: Out of love
Brussels, 5 December 2018 – I became a volunteer in JRS Greece in September 2018! I had dreamed a lot about what to expect, I had my own fears and I put my own expectations onto the volunteer position. What I have experienced made me realise that all my dreams, all my expectations, and all my fears could not even compare with what I am living and learning here.
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Yara's testimony: Hospitality
Brussels, 5 December 2018 – I am one of the four people who founded Frans’ Hike, a gathering of friends for sport, social, environmental, cultural and entertainment activity, undertaken by individuals of all ages and nationalities. Frans’ Hike gathers people to walk together, to enjoy nature and live together.
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Catherine's testimony: Together with those in detention
Brussels, 5 December 2018 – I work as a volunteer at a detention centre for migrants in Porto, Portugal. My work involves providing psychosocial support, working side by side with migrants, providing empathy and companionship in circumstances that are stressful and often depressing.
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Volunteers give hope to refugees in Europe
Brussels, 5 December 2018 – Is there a better time to celebrate JRS volunteers than International Volunteer Day? Volunteers play an indispensable role in our daily work to accompany, serve and advocate for refugees.
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Greece Move Asylum Seekers to Safety
Athens, 5 December 2018 – The Greek Government and its European Union partners should urgently ensure that all asylum seekers on the Aegean islands are transferred to suitable accommodation on the mainland or relocated to other EU countries as winter approaches, 20 human rights and other organizations said.
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Recent stories
Forced migrants trapped in the labyrinth
Brussels, 29 November 2018 – Today our JRS partner in Spain, Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes, released the report “Remove from the Labyrinth” (Sacar del laberinto). This 53-page publication analyzes and depicts the different legal and administrative barriers migrants and asylum seekers face while entering, transiting and trying to exit the city of Melilla, a Spanish city located in the north coast of Africa which shares a border with Morocco.
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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Brussels, 25 November 2018 - Migrant and refugee women and girls are especially vulnerable to gender-based violence. The physical, sexual and psychological abuse they face in their countries is one of the reasons why women and girls leave home to seek protection. But they also encounter abuses while trying to reach safety, both at EU external borders and once in Europe.
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A ray of hope for unaccompanied children in Macedonia
Brussels, 20 November 2018 – Universal Children’s Day reminds us of the over 35 million children on the move worldwide. Hundreds of thousands of children move without their parents or other relatives, making them extremely vulnerable to violence, abuse and exploitation throughout an already dangerous migration journey.
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Meeting with the Other
Brussels, 16 November 2018 – On International Tolerance Day, JRS Europe calls on the European Union and its Members States to foster a welcoming and inclusive society, where diversity unites and enriches the lives of its citizens and all people who reside within its territory.
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A work of love
Valletta, 9 November 2018 – In this new ‘Voices’ piece, Jackie reflects on her experience as a volunteer helping a refugee family with the project Communities of Hospitality in Malta.
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JRS Ireland helps refugees facing homelessness
Dublin, 30 October 2018 – JRS Ireland is responding to the imminent closure of the largest Direct Provision centre in Dublin by significantly increasing support for affected residents. Staff from JRS Ireland and the Peter Mcverry Trust are now present 5 days per week, providing full time outreach and support to affected individuals and families.
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Growing in solidarity: JRS European regional coordination meeting
Brussels, 25 October 2018 – This week JRS Europe organised the bi-annual Regional Coordination Meeting (RCM) in Brussels. For two days, directors from 17 national offices in Europe came together with the JRS Europe team to strengthen capacities to fulfil our mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced people.
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New job offer: JRS Europe Regional Finance & Administration Officer
Brussels, 22 October 2018 – The JRS Europe office in Brussels is currently recruiting for a Finance & Administration Officer.
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JRS UK: Inhumane detention of trafficking victims shows need for overhaul of system
Brussels, 18 October 2018 – On the occasion of the EU Anti-Trafficking Day, JRS Europe wants to highlight a new research of JRS UK that shows that the Home Office is continuing to detain victims of human trafficking. JRS UK is calling on the government to end the use of indefinite detention, in light of new research showing high levels of vulnerable individuals in detention.
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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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