JRS – Isusovačka služba za izbjeglice

Serve

In most of the countries we work with our teams visit migrants in retention centres offering various services to them, such as legal services or easy access to information, up to psychosocial support, health care, pastoral care and counselling.

Serve

European migration policy, either at the level of the Union or at the level of the member states, can have a very bad effect on refugees, asylum seekers or any other forcefully displaced persons. In many European countries people seeking security are actually endangered and exposed to many threats. Their lives are endangered by threats of imprisonment, denying protection, or simply denying any form of a dignified life. State agencies often have to follow strict rules and rarely meet the needs of refugees, which means that people seeking refuge in Europe often end up homeless, poor and barely surviving.

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is present in 14 European Union countries and in Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia and Ukraine. The services we provide differ from country to country, depending on the needs as well as the means available to each office. In Italy, JRS’s public kitchen serves 400 meals a day. In Ireland, however, the JRS team provides after-school sessions and a kindergarten for refugee children. In the UK, there is a JRS shelter for poor asylum seekers while in Belgium JRS is the only non-governmental organization that pays regular visits to migrants in detention centres.

The JRS’s work and many of our initiatives actually have the same goal: concrete support for forcibly displaced persons which European migration policy effects in a negative way and who have not been welcomed into a safe and peaceful life they hoped for.

The JRS’s work and many of our initiatives actually have the same goal: concrete support for forcibly displaced persons which European migration policy effects in a negative way and who have not been welcomed into a safe and peaceful life they hoped for.

In most of the countries we work in, our teams visit migrants in retention centres offering various services, such as legal services or easy access to information, up to psychosocial support, health care, pastoral care and counselling.

The same or similar services are available to refugees also in the process of integration, either at our centres or via teams that visit refugees when they leave the retention or reception centre. Many of our programs in Europe offer language courses, school instruction and learning assistance, finding jobs, accommodation… In some countries JRS provides psychosocial counselling, especially for the vulnerable groups among refugees.

Encouraging the community to accept and welcome refugees is what we are putting ever more focus on. We believe that the best way for Europeans to become more open towards refugees is to be an example in showing hospitality.