migrants

2015 sees the 101st World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which will be marked in the UK on Sunday, 18 January. Every year, the Pope issues a message on the theme of refugees and migrants which concludes with a blessing for them.  The message for this year is “The Church without frontiers, Mother to all”. In his message for the Day, Pope Francis says that the Church has a vital role in the breaking down of barriers and that it is not enough simply to tolerate people of different...
A refugee at a JRS class in Kenya: Christian Fuchs/JRS
Advent has always held a special place in my heart.  It is a special time of the year – one in which we prepare for Christmas and so traditionally think of family members, friends and loved ones. It is also a time of expectation and longing, of preparation and of waiting for Someone to come along with all of the promise of a new beginning, a new way of living and, of course, of eventual redemption. There is something particularly poignant about Advent and Christmas when...
Almost 3,500 migrants have been killed this year on the Mediterranean Sea as they have attempted to find better lives in Europe, according to figures from the UNHCR. Many of the 207,000 trying to make the crossing on unseaworthy boats have been from Eritrea or Syria. Yet the international community has offered them limited support, says the United Nations’ refugee agency. Italy has suspended its Mare Nostrum sea rescue mission that previously saved lives and the EU’s limited...
The Jesuits of Africa have committed themselves to upholding the rights of migrants and refugees and to continuing their work of responding to their needs. Meeting before the World Social Forum on Migration in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 5-8 December 2014, the Social Apostolate of the Jesuit Superiors of Africa and Madagascar (JESAM) held a pre-forum meeting to share their experiences of working with refugees, and to define priorities so that they could offer an effective global response...
The Jesuit Refugee Service UK (JRS-UK) has shared its experience of immigration detention with the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Refugees and Migration with a view to improving the conditions under which refugees are detained. Chaired by Sarah Teather MP, the APPG invited written evidence from a broad range of stakeholders, including charities and voluntary organisations working with detainees as well as government representatives and civil servants. It also asked for the views of...
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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