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In the wake of the crisis engulfing the government over its treatment of Windrush-era citizens, the Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK (JRS UK) has called on the government to make a radical change in their approach to migration, saying the cruelty of the hostile environment agenda demonstrates the need for deep reflection on the inhumane and unethical assumptions that underscore it.The stories of Windrush-era citizens being stripped of their rights following the aggressive stance heralded by the...
Responding to the welcome news that the Government has bowed to media pressure and reversed its mistreatment of Windrush-era citizens, the Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK (JRS UK) has called on the Home Secretary to abandon its cruel hostile environment agenda altogether.Following weeks of stories about Windrush–era citizens losing their rights to work, to rent property and to access free healthcare under tightening immigration laws, Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, was yesterday forced to...
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Jesuit Refugee Service UK has expressed concern about indications from the Home Office that they are willing to instrumentalise the immigration and asylum process to punish those who protest its policies around detention.Around 120 women being held in Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre are currently on hunger strike, protesting against indefinite detention, the detention of people seeking asylum and the detention of vulnerable people, including survivors of rape and torture. More details...
AVID (the Association for Visitors to Immigration Detainees) delivered a training session for JRS UK volunteers at the end of January. The training covered current issues in detention, focusing especially on recent changes in legislation, and provided an overview of the rights of people held in immigration detention, concentrating on key issues such as access to healthcare and legal advice.Volunteers were given a space where they could test crucial skills in a safe environment, trying their...
Lenten email capture
JRS is repeating its first successful Lenten journey piloted in 2017, where over 700 subscribers went on a journey with some of the refugees JRS accompanies, serves and advocates on behalf of.Every day during Lent, the JRS UK e-mail will offer reflections on scripture from the day – either from the Mass readings or from the office of readings – alongside an action to support your Lenten observances. Across the weeks we will follow the experiences of a number of the refugees JRS accompanies and...
Troubling patterns of street homelessness and vulnerability to abuse amongst destitute refugees have been uncovered by research from the Jesuit Refugee Service UK (JRS UK), published ahead of Homeless Sunday this weekend. The study finds that most of the destitute refugees attending the JRS UK Day Centre had slept rough at some point in the previous year, and one in five had been forced to spend more than a month on the streets.  More worrying still was that a third of those with...
Pope Francis at Vargihna Wikimedia Commons
Sunday 14th January is the Church’s 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees.  Pope Francis’ message to the faithful on this occasion draws attention to the “lamentable situation of many migrants and refugees fleeing from war, persecution, natural disasters and poverty” and comes shortly after his visit to the Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh seeking sanctuary from persecution in Myanmar.In his message the pope says “This situation is undoubtedly a “sign of the times” which I have tried to...
Deep hospitality at Mount Street Jesuit community
On Sunday 14th January the Church marks the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, an opportunity to reflect on our response as Christians to an often vulnerable group of people, and to celebrate the many ways refugees and migrants enrich societies across the world.This is the 104th such World Day of Migrants and Refugees. It may surprise some of us to learn just how long the Church has been so acutely concerned about the fate of refugees and migrants, especially if we only started taking an...
Annunciation to the shepherds  Flinck1639
Sarah Teather, Director of Jesuit Refugee Service UK, is giving this year’s Christmas Meditation for Radio 4 just after the midnight news on Christmas Day night/Boxing Day morning.Sarah’s personal meditation finds the joy of Christmas breaking through in the messy painful struggles of life, including family tragedy and the lives of refugees. Speaking of the process of preparing her meditation Sarah observed, “This was challenging but also deeply rewarding project to be involved in. ...
JRS Gospel Choir  Credit Weenson Oo/picture-u.net
On Tuesday Jesuit Refugee Service held its first carol service at Farm Street Church, led by Fr Provincial Damian Howard SJ. The church was packed for this joyful occasion – many of JRS’ refugee friends had travelled long distances to join the many supporters and volunteers as well as Farm St regulars. Highlights of the service were specially prepared contributions from performance groups who attend the JRS Day Centre Plus activities -  initiatives designed to develop skills and...

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