asylum seekers

St Aloysius Church has been running an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) school for refugees and asylum seekers since March 2016. From an uncertain start with a handful of students, well over a thousand of them have since arrived at the parish’s doors for instruction in what we might call ‘survival English’, along with ESOL lessons up to intermediate level. Classes of around 60 students take place each weekday from 10.00-12.00 at the Ogilvie Centre, attached to the church. The...
JRS UK Legal team: Michael, Legal Officer; Lujaina, Legal Project Volunteer; and Jess, Legal Caseworker
Michael and Jess have recently been working to set-up a new specialist Legal Advice Project at JRS UK, following their successful registration with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC).The complexity of the asylum system often results in people initially being refused asylum, but with good legal advice and representation, people are able to demonstrate that they are refugees, and entitled to international protection.Solicitors and Immigration Advisors find it harder and...
As the term starts again in Manchester, one of the largest student conglomerations in Europe, two new staff members join the Jesuit run chaplaincy team. Sr Alicia Pérez from Madrid,  a member of the Faithful Companions of Jesus, joins Sr Cecilia. Alicia finished a PhD in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University before entering the order. She was keen to work In Manchester after a powerful experience in Argentina collaborating with a Jesuit team in Ignatian retreats for young adults....
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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...
The right to rent rules would result in a hostile environment for everyone, warns JRS UK
The Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK (JRS UK) has warned that the government's 'Right to Rent' scheme is likely to affect the most vulnerable in society, saying it risks legislating to prevent kindness in our communities - particularly for asylum seekers facing homelessness and destitution.The JRS statement follows a report today from the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) into the ‘Right to Rent’ scheme. The scheme requires private landlords and their...
Carols by Candleight at Holy Name, Manchester
The Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy has been looking back over a busy year, which has seen a record-breaking Week of Guided Prayer, its very first Jesuit Mission visit to East Africa and the launch of several new projects. The Chaplaincy team provided a welcome to the Catholic students at Manchester Universities, which culminated with Carols by Candlelight last week, while providing initiatives which have enabled them to respond to the needs of the local community.When they...
A mother carries a baby on her shoulders after refugees arrive at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece. Credit: Darrin Zammit Lupi/JRS Europe
As the European Council meets in Brussels this week, the Jesuit Refugee Service – along with more than 30 other refugee organisations – has calls on political leaders to ensure that people arriving in Europe will be treated humanely, responsibly and that their rights will be safeguarded. They say that they are “gravely concerned that European policies are trying more and more to push people out of Europe, making it even harder to seek asylum, and leaving it to Member States of...
Warm accommodation for asylum seekers at Holy Name Church in Manchester
The Manchester Universities' Catholic Chaplaincy Night Shelter has been praised for its efficiency after less than three months in operation and for its service to asylum seekers in the city. And, after appealing for volunteers, the organisers have announced – with gratitude – that they have enough for the New Year period.The Boaz Night Shelter at Holy Name Church was established in October, sharing its ministry with a number of other churches in central Manchester, so there is...
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...
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...

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