JRS UK

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) MENA has begun the process of recovery from the massive explosion in Beirut on 4th August.  Thankfully, all JRS staff are safe and accounted for.  Many received cuts and scrapes, but there were no serious injuries.  I am very sorry to share that two of the beneficiaries of the JRS centre in Burj Hammoud were killed by the explosion and one remains listed as missing.  We are keeping them in our thoughts and...
In this special report, BBC2's Newsnight heard from Fr Dominic Robinson of Farm Street Church talk about the crisis facing unemployed and homeless people after the pandemic.Speaking from the Central London Catholic Churches’ refreshment hub in Trafalgar Square, Fr Dominic said: "We are seeing more and more people who have lost their jobs in all sorts of places, a lot from the hospitality sector. This is a crisis that isn't going to go away."Sarah Teather, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service...
Join Sarah Teather, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service UK and Pope Francis biographer and journalist, Austen Ivereigh, for a special refugee week conversation, reflecting on the issues COVID has thrown up for the Church and its care for the most marginalised. What can we learn from Francis’ leadership about how the Church should respond? How is the Church responding on the ground to the issues facing refugees and migrants during the pandemic? What lessons can we learn...
Sarah Teather, Director of JRS-UK
Sarah Teather’s talk at the Lauriston Jesuit Centre began with words from Pope Francis that we are called to see the face of Christ who pleads with us for help among those who are fleeing or suffering.She gave us the opportunity for an encounter with this suffering, to understand something of lives which were already incredibly precarious before the outbreak of coronavirus, but which were then transformed to complete crisis. Those people, surviving by moving between the homes of various...
MPs are currently tabling amendments to the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU withdrawal) Bill that would introduce a 28-day time limit on detention, together with judicial oversight of the decision to detain. Can you help JRS UK support the proposed time limit and call for an end to the UK’s system of indefinite immigration detention?  The UK currently has no time limit on detention, uniquely among European countries, and the decision to detain is a purely...
Thanks to the immense efforts of Jesuit Refugee Service volunteers and staff who have made huge strides with their emergency project to get urgent help to those in need during the pandemic. They have now delivered more than 250 essential food and toiletry packages, 200 mobile phone credit top-ups, and are now rolling out a prepaid Mastercard scheme to get emergency hardship grants to people safely. Jesuit parishes can get involved with this work by volunteering, or organising toiletry...
Over 20 front-line facing organisations working with asylum seekers, refugees, and those with irregular immigration status have today called for a grant of a period of ‘leave to remain’ to those with insecure immigration status, to allow them to access the health service and labour market. In a joint letter drafted by the Jesuit Refugee Service UK, the organisations have called upon the Prime Minister to protect public health and the welfare of everyone in society by granting a period of ‘leave...
There have been many changes to our usual routine as a result of the physical distancing measures that are vital in the response to the coronavirus outbreak. One of the biggest shifts has been the increased use of the technology to bring us together virtually, be it for work, family time or even our social and religious activities.It is perhaps the latter that has presented the biggest shift, given most church activities focus on communal gathering and require an active participation in a...
One of the long-standing volunteers at the Jesuit Refugee Service in Wapping, Mike Guilfoyle, shares his thoughts about having terminal cancer during the Covid-19 pandemic."The last few months have been among the most emotionally challenging of my life and my normal recourse to active participation in voluntary work which acted to connect me with my foundational Christian beliefs, enacted most importantly in the guiding philosophy underpinning the JRS, to serve, accompany and advocate, was...
Refugee immigration status acts as a barrier to vital support during COVID-19; support which JRS UK is working to provide, explains policy officer Sophie Cartwright.It feels as though the COVID-19 pandemic has upended the world. These times are challenging and worrying for all of us. And in common with many difficulties, the COVID-19 crisis poses disproportionate risks to those who are already vulnerable. The pandemic poses new risks for JRS UK’s refugee friends, and other people in similar...

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