Refugees

The Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK has welcomed the announcement that a cross-party panel of parliamentarians will hold an inquiry into the use of immigration detention. The announcement comes days after the statement by UNHCR that there should be the new global strategy aimed at helping countries move away from the detention of asylum seekers, refugees and stateless people worldwide.“We in the Jesuit Refugee Service have long argued that there are alternatives to detention,” says...
Choosing images for the upcoming JRS photography exhibition
Now in its 16th year, Refugee Week continues to provide a platform where positive images of refugees can be promoted in order to create a culture of welcome throughout the UK. Many of those images have been produced by refugees themselves through a photographic project organised by the Jesuit Refugee Service.Nine would-be photographers from JRS-UK took part in a training course and produced an exhibition of photos which was displayed at the Lumen Gallery in London this summer. It will be...
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...
The work of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Syria has been recognised with the 2014 Pax Christi International Peace Award. Since 2011, JRS Syria has concentrated on helping vulnerable people who have remained in the country, despite the violence that surrounds them. The award was made at the weekend at the Sarajevo Peace Event 2014.JRS Syria was recognised by Pax Christi in particular for its interfaith work. The agency provides support to anyone in need, with a team made up of people...
The Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Afghanistan has been abducted, JRS International has confirmed. Fr Alexis Prem Kumar SJ was taken by a group of unidentified men in the western part of the country on Monday afternoon, 2 June 2014.Fr Peter Balleis SJ, the Director of JRS International, says they are deeply shocked by Fr Prem’s abduction. “We are in contact with all the relevant authorities and doing everything possible to ensure his safe and speedy return,” he says...
A community in Malawi, which is supported by the Jesuit Refugee Service, is aiming to plant 6,000 fruit trees – starting in a refugee camp. Dzaleka refugee camp was established 20 years ago on land owned by the Malawian government. Leah Marais of JRS describes it as “a refugee camp where people feel they can't stay permanently, can't go back where they came from and don't see the future … it is easy to give up and lose hope.”  On average, a refugee...
The Jesuit Refugee Service in Syria (JRS Syria) has been awarded the 2014 Pax Christi International Peace Award for its outstanding dedication in providing emergency relief to Syrians since the war began in 2011. The award honours individuals and organisations who make a stand for peace, justice and non-violence in different parts of the world. It was established in 1988 and is funded by the Cardinal Bernardus Alfrink Peace Fund.JRS began its work In the Middle East and North Africa in 2008 in...
The Jesuit Refugee Service will be taking part in the Churches Refugee Conference 2014 on Saturday 5 April 2014 in Sheffield. The event will be chaired by Zrinka Bralo, Executive Director, Migrants and Refugee Communities Forum, London, who served as commissioner on the Independent Asylum Commission and was the winner of the 2011 Voices of Courage Award. The theme of the conference is Under the Radar - What Room for Refugees? It will take place at the Central United Reformed...
London artist Lucy Wood sailed 4,000 miles solo in a North African migrant boat from the southern Italian island of Lampedusa to London Docks, as a gesture of solidarity with the hundreds of refugees who risk a similar journey in search of a better life. This month, she is inviting those who shared her sense of shock at the events of last September, when around 360 people died when their boat sank off the Mediterranean island, to join in a time of reflection organised in association with the...
The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. JRS undertakes services at national and regional levels with the support of an international office in Rome.JRS UK accompanies refugees and forced migrants, our brothers and sisters, serving them as companions and advocating their cause in an uncaring world. We have a particular concern for those who are detained...

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