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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Launch of 2014 Christmas Toy Appeal

Wrapped Christmas PresentsJRS Ireland's Christmas Toy Appeal is back for 2014 and we're hoping to deliver more than 350 toys this year to children living in Direct Provision.

Please donate a new, unwrapped toy by December 17th and help JRS to give a special gift to the children of asylum seekers living in Ireland.

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Opportunity to end lengthy stays in Direct Provision must not be lost

Photograph of Dáil Éireann"Years awaiting a final determination on applications for asylum is the biggest single issue facing asylum seekers in Ireland and the recently established Working Group on Direct Provision must confront this issue". 

This is according to Mr Eugene Quinn, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service Ireland who was recently appointed to the Working Group. 

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Bishops Reiterate Concerns About Length of Time in Direct Provision

Logo of the Irish Catholic Bishops' ConferenceConcerns raised at this year's AGM of the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference about children and the length of time asylum seekers are living in Direct Provision, have been reiterated in commemoration of International Human Rights Day.

Three in seven asylum seekers have been waiting at least 5 years since they first applied for asylum in Ireland.  One in seven are waiting seven years or more.

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Roundtable on Direct Provision

Children playing in a yard in Homs, Syria.  Credit: Tomy KilahjiJRS Ireland has been invited to participate in a roundtable consultation with the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, and the Minister of State for New Communities, Culture and Equality, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

Joining other members from the Forum on Direct Provision - which seeks to positively influence Government policy through dialogue and debate - JRS Ireland National Director, Eugene Quinn, will attend.

The consultation will take place on Thursday 18th September.

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Free English Language Classes

JRS Ireland English langauge classes provided by students from Belevedere College SJ The BELL (Belvedere English Language Lessons) Programme is back for another year, providing free English classes to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.

Registration is essential so call now to book your place.

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