Refugees

The 'Talk English' group on their educational day out in Liverpool
A group in Preston that provides a ‘Talk English’ programme for refugees and people seeking asylum has received a boost from the Jesuit Fund for Social Justice. This community project is supported by people from many different Catholic parishes and other Christian churches in the town, including the Jesuit parish of St Wilfrid’s in Preston. The ‘Talk English’ programme is staffed by local volunteers who – after a short learning session – provide...
Welcoming the stranger: the JRS UK 'At Home' scheme
The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Europe is using the experience of JRS UK’s Communities of Hospitality to establish a network more widely.For many years now, JRS in Europe has been developing new ways to provide hospitality to refugees, whether it be through day centres, cultural centres, family hosting projects or simply coffee mornings. It is now working to set up new Communities of Hospitality (CoH) in four European countries – Belgium, Italy, Malta and Romania – where...
The Insight Film Festival: encouraging students to make films about ‘faith’
The winner of the third Insight Film Festival Student Filmmaker Award, which is supported by the Jesuits in Britain, has just completed a life-changing six-week internship with Loyola Studios, a film production company based in Hollywood. Lina Luciano was given the Award for her film entry Headline! Machiavelli, which focuses on how the European refugee crisis is represented in the media.The Insight Film Festival aims to encourage filmmakers throughout the world to make films about ‘faith...
This JRS project in Aleppo brings children of different religious backgrounds together: JRS
To coincide with the UN International Day of Peace (today), Catholic and Muslim leaders have issued a joint statement, calling upon all governments, religious institutions, and people of good will to work together in addressing the root causes of forced migration. The faith organisations recognise the Jubilee Year of Mercy, announced by Pope Francis, and the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca as opportunities to stand in solidarity and to call on the international community to share the responsibility...
Pope Francis addresses Jesuit alumni in Rome, September 2016
Last week, members of the European Confederation and World Union of Jesuit Alumni and Alumnae met in the Vatican to participate in a conference entitled “Global Migration and Refugee Crisis: Time to Contemplate and Act”. Among the British delegates attending the conference were Fr Kevin Fox SJ, Superior of the Jesuit Community in Boscombe, Dorset, and Bernard Thompson, the Director of the British Jesuit Alumni Charitable Trust and a former President of the World Union of Jesuit...
JRS UK supporters at St James', Spanish Place
Supporters and volunteers from Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS UK) joined thousands of people including MPs and celebrities on Saturday, for a march in London to urge the UK government to take more action over the refugee crisis. The Refugees Welcome demonstration took place two days before the start of a UN summit for refugees and migrants in New York, which will be  attended by world leaders, including the Prime Minister, Theresa May MP.Ahead of the march from Park Lane to Parliament Square...
Fr Robinson (far right) with the Aid to the Church in Need delegation in northern Iraq. Credit: ACN
A visit by aid workers, Church representatives and politicians to camps for displaced families in Erbil, northern Iraq, has been described as both heartening and humbling. Organised by Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need, delegates included their National Ecclesiastical Assistant, Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, who is the Superior of the Mount Street Jesuit Community. He joined three Members of Parliament and others to see at first-hand how the Church is responding to the needs of families in...
A Syrian mother and child in Macedonia, Greece. Public Domain/flickr
The Superior of the Mount Street Jesuit Community is among the 200+ religious leaders who have written to the Prime Minister, urging her to relax the UK’s immigration rules so that refugees from Syria and other areas can be reunited with their families. Fr Dominic Robinson SJ joined the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, as well as Baroness Rabbi Julia Neuberger and Muslim Council of Britain secretary general Harun Rashid Khan and other representatives from the Buddhist,...
Syrian children at a JRS class in Lebanon's Bekka Valley. Credit: Don Doll SJ/JRS
Leaders from across the world will be gathering at the UN Headquarters in New York later this month for the first-ever United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants (19 September) and the US Leaders’ Summit on Refugees (20 September). Among the items on their agendas will be policies and commitments that can create significant change in the lives of displaced children who are currently out of school.In anticipation of the Summits, Jesuit Refugee Service in the USA – as part of the...
It is difficult to put into words the look of utter fatigue on a woman’s face after spending the night sleeping on different buses because she has nowhere to go. Or the joy in her voice when after a week of being hosted in a community of female religious exclaims that through the friendship and welcome they have offered she has found her family again. And yet, these are the stories that we encounter every day at JRS. Behind each story is a human being with a unique past, hopes and fears...

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