Refugees

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...
Fr Robinson (far right) with the Aid to the Church in Need delegation in northern Iraq. Credit: ACN
A visit by aid workers, Church representatives and politicians to camps for displaced families in Erbil, northern Iraq, has been described as both heartening and humbling. Organised by Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need, delegates included their National Ecclesiastical Assistant, Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, who is the Superior of the Mount Street Jesuit Community. He joined three Members of Parliament and others to see at first-hand how the Church is responding to the needs of families in...
A Syrian mother and child in Macedonia, Greece. Public Domain/flickr
The Superior of the Mount Street Jesuit Community is among the 200+ religious leaders who have written to the Prime Minister, urging her to relax the UK’s immigration rules so that refugees from Syria and other areas can be reunited with their families. Fr Dominic Robinson SJ joined the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, as well as Baroness Rabbi Julia Neuberger and Muslim Council of Britain secretary general Harun Rashid Khan and other representatives from the Buddhist,...
Syrian children at a JRS class in Lebanon's Bekka Valley. Credit: Don Doll SJ/JRS
Leaders from across the world will be gathering at the UN Headquarters in New York later this month for the first-ever United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants (19 September) and the US Leaders’ Summit on Refugees (20 September). Among the items on their agendas will be policies and commitments that can create significant change in the lives of displaced children who are currently out of school.In anticipation of the Summits, Jesuit Refugee Service in the USA – as part of the...
It is difficult to put into words the look of utter fatigue on a woman’s face after spending the night sleeping on different buses because she has nowhere to go. Or the joy in her voice when after a week of being hosted in a community of female religious exclaims that through the friendship and welcome they have offered she has found her family again. And yet, these are the stories that we encounter every day at JRS. Behind each story is a human being with a unique past, hopes and fears...
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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...
Nicolette Busuttil JRS
Nicolette Busuttil has joined the Jesuit Refugee Service in a new role, as the Communities of Hospitality Coordinator. Her role will be to work with religious communities, parishes and individuals to support them to host some of the refugees who find themselves homeless. The JRS UK “At Home” scheme brings together asylum seekers with people willing to open up their homes and hearts, as destitute asylum seekers in need of respite are matched with individuals, families and religious...
ObituaryPaul Nicholson SJ My friend and colleague Louise Zanré da Silva, who has died suddenly aged 47 as the result of a blood clot, dedicated her life to helping refugees who were entangled in the UK asylum system. She was a tireless and fearsome advocate for their rights and human dignity. Her remarkable grasp of the policy and issues was combined with a genuine love and respect for the individuals she encountered; they were never statistics.Louise was born in Broxburn, West Lothian, to...
Refugees rest in Hungary after fleeing from Syria. Mstyslav Chernov/Creative Commons
The Jesuit Bishop of Aleppo in Syria was one of the participants at a meeting of bishops from the Middle East, southern and western Europe, convened by COMECE (the Conference of European Bishops) to discuss migration. Catholic experts from the field also took part in the meeting in Heiligenkreuz, Austria, entitled 'Facing a crisis with many faces'.A member of the Chaldean-Catholic Church, Bishop Antoine Audo SJ of Aleppo has been a member of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of...
30,000 celebrated Mass with Pope Francis in the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, across the border with Mexico
Pope Francis has celebrated his final Mass in Mexico and has highlighted the plight of thousands of migrants – many of whom face enormous difficulties in their quest for better lives and others who have died in the process of trying. He preached at Mexico's northern border with the United States, and appealed for governments to open their hearts, if not their borders, to the “human tragedy that is forced migration”. On his arrival at Ciudad Juarez to celebrate Mass, Pope Francis knelt...

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