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1 Jesuit Refugee Service

2 Jesuits - Five Priorities 2003 confirmed in 2008 Intellectual Reflection Studies in Rome Forced migrants China Africa

3 AJesuit Refugee Service BJRS Europe country offices & Europe office 1. Detention 2. Destitution 3. Externalisation of Asylum C JRS Europe Europe Office Brussels 4. Migration and Development 5. Young Journalists 6. Pedro Arrupe Award schools D Organisation

4 A. Jesuit Refugee Service

5 Jesuit Refugee Service To Accompany To Serve To Defend forced migrants * in Africa & Asia Education in the camps * in Europe & USA: Migrants in Detention

6 Africa Waiting for medical care, Ivory Coast

7 Young women in tie-dye class, Montserrado camp, Liberia

8 JRS high school students in Salala, Liberia

9 Karenni refugee school director and JRS project director, Mae Hong Son camp, Thailand

10 Refugee children, Mae Hong Son camp, Thailand

11 Women with Dominican identity cards forcibly expelled to Haiti, May 2005

12 B. JRS - Europe 14 countries Jesuits and partners Work varies, spirit the same Accompany, Serve, Advocate

13 Where JRS Works in Europe National offices Contact persons 1. Belgium Austria 2 2. Germany Czech Republic - 3. Ireland Greece 1 4. Italy Lebanon 2 5. Malta Spain 4 6. Portugal South Poland 1 7. Romania Slovakia 2 8. Slovenia 9. UK 10. Kosovo 11Bosnia/Croatia 12. Sweden 13. France 14. Ukraine

14 JRS Direct Service in Europe Visit detention centers in Berlin, London, Brussels Help trafficked people in Lisbon Offer food and shelter in Rome, Bucharest Integrate refugees into the community in Dublin Educate against xenophobia on Slovenian Radio Legal advice to asylum seekers & migrants Malta Assist landmine victims in Kosovo Interreligious activities Berlin, Macedonia

15 JRS Europe 1. Detention 2. Destitution 3. Externalisation 4. Migration and Development 5. Young Journalists 6. Pedro Arrupe Award

16 USA & EUR focus: DETENTION They are not criminals They often seek asylum within the law They do not have the correct papers Also families and children Sometimes detained on arrival Mostly waiting for Return Less rights than convicted criminals

17 European Parliament 16 February 2005 Access is difficult, often impossible, especially for media.

18 European Parliament 16 February 2005 “Detention” is depriving persons from their liberty of movement, although they are not criminals.

19 Detention Problems No transparency : Vocabulary, Statistics, Costs No access for: family members medical, pastoral care lawyers, NGOs, Press No legal remedy, long duration Psychological damage

20 Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) – Europe JRS in Europe trains staff working in detention centres

21 Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) – Europe JRS in Europe visits detainees and listens to them

22 Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) – Europe JRS in Europe cares for detainees

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24 JRS-Europe: Brussels Office Lobbies European Union on Asylum Policy

25 JRS Europe 1. Detention 2. Destitution 3. Externalisation 4. Migration and Development 5. Young Journalists 6. Pedro Arrupe Award

26 Destitution Extreme poverty of Foreigners (often rejected asylum seekers) who cannot return Direct Service: meals, beds (Rome, Catania, London, Bucharest) Advocacy: - to be included in Integration programs, - Human Rights independent of Status

27 JRS Europe 1. Detention 2. Destitution 3. Externalisation 4. Migration and Development 5. Young Journalists 6. Pedro Arrupe Award

28 Externalization EU policy exported to neighboring countries and to countries far away Morocco Ukraine Croatia Macedonia In Brussels: information and advocacy

29 C. JRS Europe office Brussels 1.Detention 2.Destitution 3.Externalization 4.Migration and Development 5.Young Journalists 6.Pedro Arrupe Award

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31 Migration and Development Debate is dominated by Labour Migration Attention for Forced Migrants who can be a benefit for the host country and beneficial when returning f.i. when trained by JRS

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33 Migration and Development In cooperation with JRS other continents Advocate cooperating with UNHCR Keep forced migrants on the agenda mainly in European Institutions and in United Nations

34 JRS Europe office in Brussels 1.Detention 2.Destitution 3.Externalisation 4.Migration and Development 5.Young Journalists 6.Pedro Arrupe Award

35 Young Journalists

36 Student Journalist Prize Student (or 1 year out of University) Write 1200 words on Refugees 1 st Prize: trip to Malawi Spring 2008

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39 JRS Europe office in Brussels 1.Detention 2.Destitution 3.Externalisation 4.Migration and Development 5.Young Journalists 6.Pedro Arrupe Award

40 The winners under 12 : Portugal sculpture

41 . The Pedro Arrupe Award is an educational project about refugees that has been run in schools in 12 European countries.

42 Prize Giving Ceremony European Parliament 23.6.2005 winners Barcelona and Slovakia

43 Pedro Arrupe Award 2007 Winners in the European Parliament from * Slovakia * Poland

44 Pedro Arrupe Award 2007 35 teachers of Jesuit Schools 12 countries June in the EP

45 D. JRS Europe about the organisation How resources are used Staff numbers 3 remarks JRS and provincials

46 JRS Europe Resources used. time, money, staff Accompany & Serve Advocacy Coordi- nation Indivi- duals Public, SJ Church Policy makers Country offices 70 % 10 5 5 % Regional office Brussels - - 10 55 35 %

47 Staff JRS Europe SJprofvolnt* SVN 1 1 8 HIB 0 5 4 Maroc 1 1* SWE 1 0 5 ROM 2 3 2 BEL 2 2 4 FR1* 1 6 SJprofvolnt* Por 0 10 Ita 1 38 200 GER 2* 1 4 UK 2 6 8 Cro+ 0 5 6 MAL 3* 7 5 Eur 2 52

48 JRS-Europe three remarks Not much emergency response - Balkans, Morocco, Turkey, Middle East Common Topics - Detention, Destitution = Iraqis, Dublin Returns Policy decisions shift to Brussels - common EU asylum policy, Frontex

49 JRS Europe – SJ provincials Autonomy of each SJ province JRS is part of province’s social apostolate JRS part of province planning  > national JRS part of Province plan > greater JRS part of Province plan Annual visitation JRS, including lay staff, by provincial

50 To Accompany To Serve To Defend forced migrants

51 Le Père Arrupe le bien le plus universel, l’urgence toujours plus grande, la difficulté et la complexité du problème humain en cause et l’absence d’autres ouvriers pour répondre à ce besoin (cf Const. VII, n. 523)

52 Le Père Arrupe ….. l’aide attendue de nous n’est pas seulement matérielle; la Compagnie est surtout appelée à rendre un service humain, éducatif, spirituel.

53 Benedict XVI: Deus Caritas Est 20… within the community of believers there can never be room for a poverty that denies anyone what is needed for a dignified life. The Church cannot and must not remain on the side­lines in the fight for justice. She has to play her part through rational argument and she has to reawaken the spiritual energy without which justice, which always demands sacrifice, cannot prevail and prosper.


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