Refugees

Sarah Teather MP is to join the International Advocacy team of the Jesuit Refugee Service. From 1 June 2015, she will become JRS’s advocacy adviser, focussing on the provision of education for refugee children in the Middle East and South Sudan.For nearly 12 years, Sarah Teather has represented the London constituency of Brent Central, the most ethnically diverse in the United Kingdom; she will stand down as a Member of Parliament in May. In addition to her time as an MP, Ms Teather has had a...
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...
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...
Churches Together in Westminster has secured the agreement and encouragement of Westminster City Council to resettle 50 Syrian refugees in central London. The announcement was made by Fr Dominic Robinson SJ at the end of a Carol Service at Farm Street Jesuit Church in Mayfair. It was held to support the suffering Church in Syria and Iraq and helped to raise more than £2,000 for Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).The places for refugees in the capital will be provided with assistance from...
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...
Photography enables asylum seekers to feel they have a future and to have hope. That is the message from a member of the Jesuit Refugee Services UK’s Men4Men discussion group who attends the JRS-UK Day Centre in Wapping, East London.Writing in the autumn 2014 edition of Justice, ‘Sebastien’ describes photography as being like “a message from the future” and says it is empowering him to move forward. His photographs were displayed in an exhibition over the...
A colloquium will take place in Rome tomorrow to commemorate the 34th anniversary of the foundation of the Jesuit Refugee Service. Fr Federico Lombardi SJ, Director of the Holy See's Press Office, will discuss the challenges of the reception of refugees with Fr Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, in an event co-organised by JRS International and Centro Astalli entitled Hospitality on the frontiers.The colloquium will be an opportunity to explore the concept of refugee...

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