JRS Europe

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...
Some of the 13 novices from Northern Belgium, Ireland, The Netherlands and United Kingdom
The Jesuit novices who are normally based at the novitiate in Birmingham visited the Low Countries recently, on a trip that gave them an insight into the scope of the international Society. Novices from Britain, Ireland, Flanders and the Netherlands make up the international community at Manresa House; and since the September to December Study period is the longest period inside the novitiate itself, they embarked upon a trip to (North) Belgium and the Netherlands, to visit a variety of Jesuit...
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JRS Europe are looking for a Regional Finance Officer to join their dynamic, international team in Brussels helping in the mission to accompany, serve and advocate for refugees across Europe and beyond.The JRS Europe Regional Finance Officer would assist the Regional Director and the Regional Office team in proposing and implementing regional financial strategies. As a Finance Officer, the position embraces specific responsibilities on JRS Europe common project finances monitoring and...
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In a letter to the Dutch EU Presidency and EU leaders, JRS Europe together with five other faith-based organisations called on them to reject proposals which would make development aid conditional on migration control. The letter was sent to the leaders before the EU Council meeting on 28-29 June during which the proposals will be discussed.In the letter, Christian organisations call upon leaders to reject the EU Migration Partnership Framework proposed by the European Commission.“...
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 As Interior ministers meet this week to discuss updating plans for the EU’s migration policies, Caritas Europa and Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Europe calls on European leaders to alter its restrictive approach to migration. Policies focused on deterrence, including the agreement with Turkey, are not stopping people from trying to reach our countries. Instead, they prolong suffering and push people into the hands of smugglers and traffickers, who find even more dangerous entry...
Learning French on summer retreat as part of the welcome youth project
Exactly two months before World Refugee Day Jesuit Refugee Service Europe office is  launching a new campaign called ‘I Get You’ to map, network and strengthen local initiatives of refugee welcome in Europe. To get involved visit the new interactive campaign website Across Europe, local citizens have opened their doors to people in search of safety – migrants and refugees – sharing meals, learning languages and simply being together.I Get You was started by JRS...
Safety after a rubber dinghy arrives on a beach on Lesbos, January 2016 (Darrin Zammit Lupi / JRS Europe).
The Jesuits Refugee Service in Europe has launched a new campaign entitled ‘Journeys of Hope’. Through it, JRS Europe aims to highlight the individual voices, hopes and dreams of people seeking a new, safe life in Europe, by recounting their personal stories and experiences.Danielle Vella has travelled all over the world with JRS, accompanying refugees and telling their stories. Danielle, together with Darrin Zammit Lupi, an award-winning photojournalist, have embarked on the journey of hope...
Tomorrow is World Refugee Day. Here, Oscar Spooner of JRS Europe looks back at the intense debate that has raged in recent months about the 'Mediterranean migrant crisis', and repeats the Jesuit Refugee Service's call  to make saving life and providing protection the top priority.On 19 April 2015 a boat carrying up to 850 people sank in the Mediterranean Sea. The exact causes of the incident are still being investigated, but according to reports many of the passengers had been...
As the death toll in the Mediterranean reaches record proportions, Europe’s first priority must be to implement a full-scale search and rescue operation, according to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). It is calling on the extraordinary European Council meeting on Thursday 23 April to respond to this ongoing tragedy with a concrete action plan prioritising human dignity and justice."Saving human life must come first," says Fr Jean-Marie Carrière SJ, the Director of JRS Europe. "Europe should...
This week, at least another ten North African migrants died when their rubber boat overturned in the southern Mediterranean when their boat capsized 50 miles north of Libya: up to 1,000 more were rescued by the Italian coast guard. Last month, more than 300 people died in a one-week period as they tried to cross the sea from Africa to Italy, whose southern island of Lampedusa is just 70 miles from Tunisia.In the latest edition of Jesuits and Friends, Oscar Spooner of JRS Europe considers why...