Refugees

Refugee Stories: Changing the Narrative
A conference on the human realities of refugees in the UK, including voices from academics, practitioners and— most importantly—those seeking asylum themselves.Through the media, we all see images of refugees and hear stories about them. These, inevitably, help to form public perceptions. Yet behind the public perceptions, there are human realities. Besides the stories told about refugees, there are also the stories waiting to be told by refugees. Who takes the time to encounter those seeking...
AVID (the Association for Visitors to Immigration Detainees) delivered a training session for JRS UK volunteers at the end of January. The training covered current issues in detention, focusing especially on recent changes in legislation, and provided an overview of the rights of people held in immigration detention, concentrating on key issues such as access to healthcare and legal advice.Volunteers were given a space where they could test crucial skills in a safe environment, trying their...
Migrants at sea
Migrants and Refugees: Men and Women in search of PeaceVatican Radio reported the release of Pope Francis’ message for the celebration of the 2018 World Day of Peace  - 1st January 2018.In it the Holy Father  offers heartfelt good wishes for peace and invites people of good will to embrace those fleeing war, hunger and persecution. He notes that some people consider the growth in migration as a threat.  But, “for my part, he says, I ask you to view it with confidence, as an...
Members of the Jesuit community and friends at lunch
“At present the refugees are survivors. An essential part of my job is to help them to do more than survive – to help them to live as free men and women.” This is how the late Fr William Yeomans SJ described the mission of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) worldwide. We are called upon to accompany, serve as companions and advocate for refugees by reaffirming the innate human dignity and value of each person. Yet what can we do when survival itself is a challenge for refugees and migrants in the...
The Jesuit Refugee Service UK and Hurtado Jesuit Centre are offering a study day with Nick King SJThe topic is: Looking after foreigners and the marginalised: turning refugees into friends made in God’s image and likeness; the traps to avoid and the secret of getting it right.The day will be split into three sessions with arrivals and registration from 10.00.Lunch is provided and all donations are welcome.If you would like to attend please email: [email protected] 
Pope Francis has challenged Europe and especially European Catholics not to go down the route of ‘exclusivism and cultural fortification’ when challenged with the task of welcoming refugees.  Speaking at a meeting with the directors of migrant and refugee services from the bishops’ conferences of Europe, Francis was particularly sad when he saw these negative reactions in Catholic communities. “I will not hide my concern about the signs of intolerance, discrimination and xenophobia that...
View of the D Wing in Brook House
Watch Panorama - Undercover Britain's Immigration SecretsNews coming out ahead of a BBC Panorama investigation to be shown tonight on BBC 1 at 9 pm appears to show disturbing footage of abuse of detainees in immigration detention. The programmes shines a light on some of the harsh realities of indefinite immigration detention in the UK through an undercover investigation at Brook House, one of the nine immigration removal centre's in the UK's immigration detention estate.At one point, one...
Victims of war and persecution: children in Aleppo, Syria. JRS
Jesuits in the United States have recommitted themselves to the defence of human rights and religious liberty, saying that they are greatly disappointed by the latest Executive Order from President Donald Trump, known colloquially as the 'travel ban', which they have branded a "shameful policy".Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in the USA says that this new order has been artfully reworded to remove some of the most obvious legally-objectionable provisions of the original order. However, it still...
ACN staff and supporters from across the world will be taking part in the Fitbit Semi de Paris on Sunday
Participants in the Fitbit Semi de Paris (a half-marathon) are in their final days of training and preparation ahead of the race on Sunday – including a Jesuit priest and his lay colleague from Farm Street Church. Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, National Ecclesiastical Assistant to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) and Sebastian Cichocki, the parish’s Maintenance Manager, will be joining Neville Kyrke-Smith, ACN’s National Director, and John Pontifex, their Head of Press and Information, to help raise...
Refugees at Jamam Camp, South Sudan: Wikimedia Commons
The Jesuits are responding to the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan and other regions of Africa, where the United Nations has warned that 100,000 people are facing starvation. Even before Monday’s declaration that South Sudan is in the grip of a famine and the UK Government’s announcement of £200 million in aid to the country and to Somalia, Jesuit agencies have been distributing food, water and medical supplies and have been supplying humanitarian aid to thousands of communities.The Jesuits...

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