Refugees

Sarah Teather (front row, far right) with the London Church Leaders
Sarah Teather of the Jesuit Refugee Service has spoken about the crisis that asylum seekers face in the capital. She was addressing the launch by London’s Church Leaders of a new campaign in response to the ongoing refugee crisis, and following continued reports of intolerance and heightened tension in the wake of the EU Referendum.#LondonUnited encourages churches representing the capital’s different Christian dominations to showcase their community work, particularly in response...
People in detention centres are abandoned 'in limbo', says JRS UK
The Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK (JRS UK) has expressed concern and sadness at the latest death in Colnbrook immigration detention centre near Heathrow. The police launched a murder investigation after a 64-year-old immigration detainee died following a fight there on Thursday.JRS UK runs an outreach service to the two detention centres at Heathrow: Colnbrook and Harmondsworth. A team of religious and lay volunteers visit and accompany detainees offering pastoral support and...
A child in a JRS after school programme, northern Ethiopia (Christian Fuchs/JRS USA))
The Jesuit Refugee Service has added its voice to an international call by Catholic agencies to governments to guarantee the protection and safety of child migrants, ahead of Universal Children's Day this Sunday (20 November).  The organisations – which include Caritas Internationalis and Pax Christi International – say they stand in solidarity with all children on the move whose rights to live, learn and flourish are compromised.“We are living a critical moment in...
Jesuit Missions will support London Marathon runners at every stage
Jesuit Missions (JM) is encouraging wannabe Marathon-runners to get into training as soon as possible and to start fundraising to help provide better education in refugee camps. Every year, JM fields a team of runners in the London Marathon and it is currently recruiting for next year’s event, which will be held on Sunday 23 April 2017.“We recommend that runners begin their training as soon as they can,” says JM’s Assistant Director, Richard Greenwood. “Beginning...
The 'Talk English' group on their educational day out in Liverpool
A group in Preston that provides a ‘Talk English’ programme for refugees and people seeking asylum has received a boost from the Jesuit Fund for Social Justice. This community project is supported by people from many different Catholic parishes and other Christian churches in the town, including the Jesuit parish of St Wilfrid’s in Preston. The ‘Talk English’ programme is staffed by local volunteers who – after a short learning session – provide...
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...
The Insight Film Festival: encouraging students to make films about ‘faith’
The winner of the third Insight Film Festival Student Filmmaker Award, which is supported by the Jesuits in Britain, has just completed a life-changing six-week internship with Loyola Studios, a film production company based in Hollywood. Lina Luciano was given the Award for her film entry Headline! Machiavelli, which focuses on how the European refugee crisis is represented in the media.The Insight Film Festival aims to encourage filmmakers throughout the world to make films about ‘faith...
This JRS project in Aleppo brings children of different religious backgrounds together: JRS
To coincide with the UN International Day of Peace (today), Catholic and Muslim leaders have issued a joint statement, calling upon all governments, religious institutions, and people of good will to work together in addressing the root causes of forced migration. The faith organisations recognise the Jubilee Year of Mercy, announced by Pope Francis, and the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca as opportunities to stand in solidarity and to call on the international community to share the responsibility...
Pope Francis addresses Jesuit alumni in Rome, September 2016
Last week, members of the European Confederation and World Union of Jesuit Alumni and Alumnae met in the Vatican to participate in a conference entitled “Global Migration and Refugee Crisis: Time to Contemplate and Act”. Among the British delegates attending the conference were Fr Kevin Fox SJ, Superior of the Jesuit Community in Boscombe, Dorset, and Bernard Thompson, the Director of the British Jesuit Alumni Charitable Trust and a former President of the World Union of Jesuit...
JRS UK supporters at St James', Spanish Place
Supporters and volunteers from Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS UK) joined thousands of people including MPs and celebrities on Saturday, for a march in London to urge the UK government to take more action over the refugee crisis. The Refugees Welcome demonstration took place two days before the start of a UN summit for refugees and migrants in New York, which will be  attended by world leaders, including the Prime Minister, Theresa May MP.Ahead of the march from Park Lane to Parliament Square...

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