migrants

Since January 2015, it is estimated that 2000 people have died by drowning in the Mediterranean Sea whilst trying to reach Europe.  Dozens more suffer major injuries in their attempts to cross the border between the Moroccan town of Nador and the Spanish enclave of Melilla.  Many of the victims include unaccompanied minors.  It was this desperate situation that led the European Jesuit Social delegates to choose Nador for their annual meeting.  In light of what they witnessed...
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...
Pope Francis has described the "heartfelt pain" he feels for the hundreds of victims who are believed to have drowned while fleeing across the Mediterranean from North Africa. He called upon the international community to take swift and decisive action to avoid more tragedies of migrants seeking a better life.The Pope's plea was delivered after the Regina Coeli prayer in St Peter’s Square on Sunday morning. Addressing tens of thousands of people, he said: “They are men and women like us, our...
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...
The Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK has welcomed the report on immigration detention by the panel of cross-party MPs and Peers published today, calling it an “important milestone in the debate around the immigration detention practices of the UK”.  It also calls on the next government to implement the panel’s recommendation of a maximum detention period of 28 days and urges voters at the forthcoming General Election to hold politicians to account, letting them know that the current system...
Writing in the Spring 2015 edition of  Jesuits and Friends, Sarah Teather MP says engaging in debate is vital to help sow seeds of hope for refugees.Immigration looks set to dominate the forthcoming General Election campaign. And I do not expect it to be inspiring. In my constituency office (Brent Central) each day, I see the results of our tough immigration approach. Policy consequences walk in through my door with a human face and real back story – desperate, destitute asylum seekers who...
“The treatment of asylum seekers on the Italian mainland is symptomatic of European asylum regulations that prioritise control and border security above respect for individual human rights and dignity,” writes Oscar Spooner of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in the latest edition of Jesuits and Friends. In his article ‘Extreme lengths in search of safety’, Oscar quotes migrants themselves as well as the views of JRS staff, including Fr Jean-Marie Carrière SJ, the director of JRS Europe.“We...
The Jesuit Refugee Service has added its voice to criticism of European states which are failing to protect migrants at risk on the Mediterranean. Last week, Amnesty International called on EU member states - especially France, Germany and the UK - to take action on EU migration, saying that more vigorous search and rescue systems were needed. Its call followed the deaths of up to 300 migrants in the Mediterranean last week and news that more than 2,000 migrants from Libya had been rescued by...
Joanne Boyce sings You are my Hands. Christ has no body but yours, no hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world; yours are the feet with which he walks to do good; yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.Welcome to the audio version of a reflection guide, prepared by Jesuit Refugee Service UK with...
Lighting a candle in prayer for Migrants and Refugees
Let Us Pray on 18 January for Migrants and Refugees! Louise Zanré, Director of JRS UK, invites us to dedicate time this New Year to pray in solidarity with refugees who face the year ahead with uncertainty. This reflection first appeared in the Catholic Universe newspaper.For the people we accompany at Jesuit Refugee Service, a new year can be a time for dejection and tiredness, rather than filled with promise. A new year marks the passage of another year of waiting for a decision in an...

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