refugee

The 30th October was an exciting day for the JRS UK team as a new multi-purpose space, The Elliot Garden Room, was officially opened at the JRS UK Offices in Wapping. This calm and beautiful space, named after Br Bernard Elliot SJ who first started JRS UK in the 1980s, will be used for one-on-one support and therapeutic work for refugees, as well as prayer and reflection groups and creative activities.The building was opened by Fr Damian Howard SJ, Father Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain,...
Cap Blanc-Nez, the ‘Cote d’Opale’ west of Calais
Jesuit Scholastic Chris Brolly has spent six weeks in Calais working alongside migrants and refugees. He reflects on how entering deeply into another’s lived experience has energised his faith journey.While my first five weeks in Calais were full of rewarding experiences, towards the end of my stay I became frustrated at my inability to make deeper connections with the people of the migrant communities I was serving when on distributions  or hospital runs.This was partly due to how I had I...
A police eviction in Calais
Jesuit scholastic Christopher Brolly has spent six weeks working alongside refugee communities in Calais, where, despite the removal of the 9000 residents of the ‘Calais Jungle’ in 2016, around 500 migrants and refugees remain, some of whom are unaccompanied minors, mainly from war-torn countries such as Eritrea, Sudan and Afghanistan.“The conditions are dire,” observed Chris “basic human rights are threatened - provision of water, food, and accommodation are propped up by the humanitarian...
Sarah Teather
‘Thinking Allowed: Christian Engagement in Public Debates’ is the theme of the Sunday sermon series at St John’s College Cambridge during this term. The guest preachers will explore how as Christians we should engange in public debates.Sarah Teather, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Services UK, is preaching at evensong on the 28th October in relation to Refugees.Find the full programme on St John's College's website
The displacement of populations around the world reached unprecedented levels last year, according to the recently published Annual Report of the Jesuit Refugee Service. 2017, the report claims, was a year of “massive humanitarian need caused by the highest levels of forced displacement ever recorded”.According to the Annual Report, children accounted for “half of those on the move”. In its effort to respond to this, the JRS, “building on centuries of Jesuit expertise in the field of education...
Jesuit Refugee Service UK is beginning a new project to provide legal advice for people pursuing asylum claims, whose claims have already been refused before.Jonathan Parr, Assistant Director of JRS UK, said: “We are very excited to be advertising our Legal Officer role as, if successful, it will provide a much needed service.“The refugees we serve find themselves let down by an unjust system and have reached the stage in the procedures whereby only intensive and high quality legal work will...
People are transformed by an encounter which is true and “opens your mind” says Sarah Teather, Director of JRS UK. Speaking at the annual conference for the National Justice and Peace Network of England and Wales (NJPN) last weekend, Sarah shared how even in the face of difficulty and isolation created by the Hostile Environment Agenda, the generosity we receive from refugees is like a “primal urge that you wish to be able to give yourself back to others.”Addressing the theme of the annual...
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On a visit to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) offices in Wapping this Thursday, Cardinal Vincent Nichols spent time listening to the stories of asylum seekers accompanied by JRS UK.Reflecting on the conversations he shared with many of our refugee friends, Cardinal Vincent said, “I heard heart-rending, terrible stories of the way some people have been treated … we seem to have a system in place that obviously has to deal with some very difficult cases, some hard cases, but it seems to deal...
It is necessary to increase access to education for refugee children, so that they may feel welcomed, have their skills and talents promoted, know they are protected, and be prepared to integrate into their host communities.Pope Francis has urged the global community to adopt a shared response to the global refugee situation that may be articulated in four words: welcome, protect, promote and integrate.This World Refugee Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and Entreculturas are building upon...
Campion Hall, University of Oxford in association with Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford and Jesuit Refugee Service International, Rome, has announced the Pedro Arrupe Research Fellowship in Forced Migration.This exciting new two-year Fellowship is a collaboration between Campion Hall, the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC), and Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) International. The Fellow will design an independent academic research programme relating to forced migration to be undertaken over...

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