Free English Language Classes 2016-2017

Participants attending one-to-one English language classes.The 2016-2017 BELL (Belvedere English Language Lessons) Programme, providing free English languge classes to asylum seekers and other forced migrants, will re-commence in September 2016. Registration is essential so please book your place as soon as possible.

All migrants are welcome but priority will be given to asylum seekers.

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European Council: 20-21 October 2016

Logo of JRS EuropeAhead of this week's European Council, a joint statement was issued by NGOs including JRS Europe, calling for a migration-sensitive approach to development cooperation.

Other signatories included Oxfam, PICUM, CONCORD, World Vision, Caritas Europa, CNCD, Cordaid, EMERGENCY, Terres des Hommes and CARE.

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JRS Ireland 2016 Summer Programme

AChild posing on climbing frame at Fort Lucan outdoor adventure centre.s another Irish Summer comes to an end, a massive thank you is due to the wonderful participants,   volunteers and funders that helped make the 2016 JRS Ireland Summer Programme a success.

Thank you!

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World Refugee Day: Open Minds, Unlock Potential

Picture of Apou Charlotte who has welcomed dozens of refugees into her home who have fled from Central African Republic to her community in Cameroon.This World Refugee Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) urges everyone to remember that we must not only provide refugees with a safe place to stay, but with opportunities to grow and contribute to society.

To truly protect means keeping people safe from all evils, including poverty, isolation, exploitation, misconception and neglect.

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The EU-Turkey Deal

A view of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.JRS Europe has published an extensive policy analysis of the EU-Turkey deal, calling it a "seismic shift in the European Union’s policy towards forced migrants and its international protection obligations".

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Love Not Hate

Logo for Love Not Hate CampaignIreland, unlike most EU countries, has no hate crime legislation.

In response, ENAR Ireland and its members are calling for the government to enact the Criminal Law (Hate Crime) Bill immediately to protect minorities in Ireland.

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Analysis - Implementation of Working Group Recommendations

Cover of Working Group Report10 months after publication of the final report of the Working Group on the Protection Process, JRS Ireland today (27/04/2016) launched its analysis of the progress made to implement the key recommendations.

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Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us

A regugee offering a flower to a volunteer. Credit: Kristóf HölvényiMarking World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis has issued his annual message entitled 'Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us.  The Response of the Gospel of Mercy'.

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Responding to the Migrant Crisis

Forced migrants attempting a dangerous sea crossing on unsuitable vessel. Writing for the Irish Catholic, JRS Ireland National Director Eugene Quinn highlights how a long term integration challenge awaits the newly elected Government in March 2016.

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JRS Ireland Easter Egg Appeal

Image of multi-coloured easter eggsAs part of our programme of Easter activities, JRS Ireland is seeking donations of Easter eggs for children living in Direct Provision.

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