JRS-UK

Sarah Teather, Director of JRS-UK
Jesuit Refugee Service UK (JRS-UK) held a screening showcasing ‘Vol Special’, a documentary about the plight of undocumented foreigners at the Frambois detention centre in Geneva, Switzerland.It also gave viewers an insight on the wardens who struggle to reconcile humane values with the harsh realities of a strict deportation system.Each year, thousands of men and women in Switzerland are imprisoned without trial or sentence. Many asylum seekers who come to the UK also face this sort of fate....
The Star Still Shines: resources from JRS-UK
The Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK has compiled a selection of prayers, liturgies and reflections for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany and beyond. The new pack, entitled The Star Still Shines, has been issued in response to the many parishes and individuals who have been in touch with JRS-UK asking what they can do to respond to the needs of refugees at this time.“Sometimes we can provide materials goods to help someone,” says Kate Monkhouse from JRS-UK. “Other times we can make a financial...
In 1980, a refugee crisis seized world headlines. Vietnamese were fleeing their county in anything that could float, and images of the "boat people" were seared into many peoples' hearts. Father Pedro Arrupe SJ, then-Superior General of the Society of Jesus, was one such person. He motivated Jesuits around the world to respond to the crisis, and the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) was born on 19 March 1980 when it was registered as a foundation in Vatican City.As it marks 35 years since its...
Diluckshun at Hurtado Jesuit Centre door
Diluckshun, staff member at JRS-UK, writes of his own journey and what JRS means to him.I am Sri Lankan. I claimed asylum when I arrived in the UK on the 18th of September 1999.My first interview for my asylum claim took place in Liverpool on 19th January 2001. After attending the interview I received a refusal letter from the Home Office. I appealed. There was no reply and my solicitor advised me to leave the matter to one side and continue my studies. My solicitor wrote several letters to the...
Vigil organised to honour the lives of asylum seekers who have died whilst in detention in the UK.
‘Alexandra’ from JRS-UK took part in a vigil organised to honour the lives of asylum seekers who have died whilst in detention in the UK. She describes why she was pleased to go along to support others.I went to the vigil to support everyone who has to seek asylum in the UK and everyone in general who are in detention. For me, because I can’t go to the detention centre to support them, I went to show that I am supporting them. I hope that they close the detention...
The Jesuit Refugee Service has described the UK’s decision to stop supporting operations that save migrants at danger in the Mediterranean as ‘nonsensical’ and ‘unconscionable’. The agency was responding to Foreign Office minister Baroness Anelay’s  statement this week that the current search and rescue operations to prevent migrants drowning in the Mediterranean Sea can encourage more people to attempt to make the dangerous sea crossing to enter Europe...
An evening of song, poetry and prayer in Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic and English helped to raise more than £1,700 for the Jesuit Refugee Service’s Aid for Syrian refugees. The Call to Prayer with neighbours from the Middle East took place at Farm Street Church in central London. It brought together poets, singers and musicians from a variety of traditions from the Eastern Rite and Western Churches, as well as friends from the Jewish and Muslim communities.Among the musicians who took...
The Jesuit Refugee Service UK (JRS-UK) has shared its experience of immigration detention with the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Refugees and Migration with a view to improving the conditions under which refugees are detained. Chaired by Sarah Teather MP, the APPG invited written evidence from a broad range of stakeholders, including charities and voluntary organisations working with detainees as well as government representatives and civil servants. It also asked for the views of...
A new photography exhibition showcasing work produced and curated by a group from Jesuit Refugee Service UK is due to open on 26 June in central London.Come and see…Refugee Voices is being presented in association with Fotosynthesis. Over a period of 12 weeks, a group of nine individuals from different countries with diverse ways of seeing their lives came together to learn new photography skills and to share their perspectives. Their insights and personal experiences shape this...