asylum seekers

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 Syrian Cedar tree is decorated with prayer requests in Liverpool
Two art works by Jesuit Filipino artist Fr Jason Dy SJ added poignancy to Liverpool City Centre in the run-up to Christmas. His Sites of Refuge sought to engage the public in topical conversation about displacement, refuge and sanctuary.Fr Dy, who has been studying for his MA in Creative Practice in Liverpool, says he hoped to create sites that evoked disruption as well as meditation.The project was comprised of two installations - both of them interactive: a Tree of Refuge located in Clayton...
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...
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...
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...

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