Jesuit Refugee Service

Changes announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel today, have been condemned by the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS UK) as deeply cruel, dishonest, and inhumaneThose seeking asylum who arrive via irregular routes, such as in small boats in the English Channel, will no longer have the same entitlements when claiming asylum as those who arrive through government designated routes.Under new plans to be announced in parliament this afternoon, those forced to flee their homes, seeking protection from...
Sarah Teather, Director of JRS-UK
London-based charity, the Jesuit Refugee Service UK1 has renewed its condemnation of the use of disused barracks as asylum accommodation in the wake of a fire at Napier Barracks, which has led to a lack of electricity and hot water. It was rapidly followed by revelations that Home Office officials intentionally deployed substandard asylum accommodation to manage public opinion. 2In considering the use of barracks as asylum accommodation, the Home Office stated that destitute people...
As the Jesuit Refugee Service around the world today marks our 40th anniversary, and the journey we have been on, we pray for those who’ve been our companions – refugee friends, benefactors, volunteers, staff, leaders, and partners in countries around the world. We ask founder of JRS Fr. Pedro Arrupe for his continued intervention so that we may continue our mission as long as a need exists.God of all,As we move forward from the familiar comfort of home, whether we are a refugee on...
Sarah Teather, Director of JRS-UK
The Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service, Sarah Teather, will be talking about Channel crossings on the Sunday programme on BBC Radio 4 this weekendSarah will be speaking alongside a Church of England Bishop. Listen out for the interview this Sunday (you can do so you can do so here). 
Jesuit Missions is supporting Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in South Sudan as they cope with the effects of intense flooding in the Maban region. The recent flooding is thought to be the most devastating experienced in more than four decades.The unprecedented intensity of the floods has affected Jesuit projects which were set up to help the refugees and local communities of Maban, which has already been devastated by years of conflict and chronic underdevelopment.With water levels rising higher...
Are you new to JRS UK? Have you seen it mentioned online or heard about them in your parish? Are you already a supporter of their work? Or have you always wanted to volunteer to support refugees, but not sure where to start? No matter who you are, for one special day JRS UK's doors are open to everyone interested in their work and how they accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and those seeking asylum.Members of the JRS team will be on hand to answer any of your questions. The day...
New report shows need to end hostile policies on asylum and build communities of hospitality, says Jesuit Refugee Service UK.A new report finds that asylum seekers in destitution and detention feel dehumanised by the asylum system but find strength through community membership, faith and volunteering. The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) UK has responded by calling for an end to hostile environment policies and for the development of policies and social action to foster community, hospitality and...
JRS UK Gospel Choir
Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, in order to encourage a better understanding between communities.Jesuit Refugee Service UK is marking the event in three ways.JRS UK Director Sarah Teather has been invited to write and present BBC Radio 4’s  Prayer for the Day which is broadcast...
A group of marathon finishers with medals
The last Sunday of April is always a big day in the London calendar and this year 42,000 runners embarked on the 26.2 mile challenge of the London Marathon. Among them the Jesuit team included four runners for Jesuit Refugee Service, including JRS Operations Manager Aidan Cantwell (5:25), and 26 for Jesuit Missions, of whom no fewer than twelve are teachers in our Jesuit schools.First home in 3:44:32 was English teacher Ruth Freer from St Aloysius College in Glasgow.  Not far behind...
The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has launched a campaign on 10 April to remind voters of the power they have in the upcoming European Parliamentary elections to ensure protection for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees. Using the hashtag format of social media, they are calling the campaign #ThePowerofVote.What makes the campaign all the more urgent is the serious threat to EU common values and principles in recent times. A shift in the culture has meant that there is now in some parts of...

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