Opportunity to Prioritise Saving Lives Lost

Photo of boat at sea taken from a clip from the UNHCR video Desperate Rescue at SeaFollowing last week's meeting of the European Council, the Jesuit Refugee Service International  has issued a press release criticising the EU for failing yet again to prioritise saving the lives of people fleeing conflict and persecution.

EU leaders have not taken the necessary steps to ensure safe and legal access for vulnerable forced migrants.

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Press Release: No more deaths in the Mediterranean

This photo shows the Italian navy rescuing migrants at sea in June 2014. Credit UNHCR/Italian Navy/M.Sestini.The Jesuit Refugee Service has issued a press release calling on leaders attending the extraordinary European Council meeting on Thursday 23 April to respond to the latest tragedy on the Mediterranean with a concrete action plan prioritising human dignity and justice. 

Saving human life must come first.

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Safe and Legal Access to Europe

Image of perimeter fencing at Spain-Morroco border at Ceuta.The Jesuit Refugee Service and the Jesuit Migrant Service (JMS) Spain have issued a joint call for the creation of safe and legal pathways to Europe for forced migrants seeking refuge. 

One year has now passed since 14 people died during a confrontation with Spanish border guards near Ceuta but effective training and safeguards have still not be implemented.

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World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Image showing aylum seekers resting on the deck of an Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) patrol boat. It is necessary to respond to the globalization of migration with the globalization of charity and cooperation, in such a way as to make the conditions of migrants more humane.

To mark the 101st World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis delivered a message under the theme 'Church without frontiers, Mother to all'.  Read the full transcipt here.

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2015 Intercultural & Interfaith Calendar

Front Cover of JRS Ireland 2015 Intercultural & Interfaith Calendar.  Credit: Darrin Zammit LupiJRS Ireland's 2015 Intercultural & Interfaith Calendar is now on sale.

Published since 2007, the calendar is a fantastic resouce for teachers and anyone wishing to celebrate and raise awareness of diversity in Ireland.  Order your copy today to avail of our special offers.

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Pope Francis: Solidarity for Refugees

Pope Francis greets refugees and staff during a visit to Jesuit Refugee Service Italy's Centro Astalli soup kitchenJRS Europe Press Release:  On the occasion of Pope Francis’s speech before the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 25 November, the Jesuit Refugee Service urges European countries to remain faithful to one of the fundamental values underpinning the European Union by showing concrete solidarity with migrants and refugees and ensuring fully-fledged joint search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.

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