Push forward, not back...

Video still which states "World Refugee Day 2015. Push forward, not back".  Credit: Jonni Tecle

Refugees around the world are being pushed back and pushed out.

A new video, produced by JRS International to celebrate World Refugee Day,  is urging people to remember that the key to change is within each of us. While governments decide to accept or reject refugees, only we have the power to truly welcome them.

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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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