refugee

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...
Sarah Teather the director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in the UK, spoke very powerfully about her work and her life to Clare Balding on BBC Radio 2's Good Morning Sunday (29th OCtober).  Discussing how JRS operates in fifty countries, she explained how working in the Rome office and visiting Uganda, South Sudan and Lebanon had led her to become the director of JRS in the UK.  In Britain, their mission is to accompany destitute refugees in Britain, i.e. those who cannot...
Al-Moukhales Centre, Syria
Headlines broadcasting the latest developments in Syria are now a daily occurrence, but how well do they convey the reality of life for the Syrian people at the moment?  Earlier this summer, Frances Murphy heard Fr Ziad Hilal SJ in conversation about the ‘crisis of humanity’ through which the Syrian people are living. Fr Ziad shared his personal experience of life in Homs and described the work of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Syria. ‘The media often give a bad image...
Houses of Parliament
The ways in which British political institutions have responded to uncertainty, debate and public opinion in recent days are fascinating examples of flexibility in governance. On International Day of Democracy, Fr Dermot Preston SJ, Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain, reflects on what we learned about the dynamics of power and consultation from last week’s headlines, and on how these same dynamics work in the Society of Jesus. The second week of September 2015 was an eventful seven...

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