UNHCR chief Guterres signs funding agreement with Ireland

DUBLIN, Ireland, February 5 (UNHCR) – The Irish government has pledged to continue its substantial financial support for the UN refugee agency under an accord signed with High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres.

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Italy: right to asylum at risk

On 23 January, the refugee organisations of Tavolo Asilo, including JRS Italy, Amnesty International and Save the Children among others, urged the minister for home affairs, Roberto Maroni, to suspend immediately the new policies applied to refugees and migrants arriving in Lampedusa Island.

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DEVAS Project Website launched

At the beginning of 2009 JRS-Europe and its project partners will begin a new project that will research the conditions of detention for vulnerable asylum seekers in the EU, known as the "DEVAS Project." It is partly funded by the EU Commission and will be implemented in 23 EU Member States.

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JRS Ireland and the OECD

Both JRS Ireland and Belvedere College received visits on 5th December from representatives of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. The OECD is currently conducting a thematic review of migrant education provision in Europe.

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Christmas Toy Appeal

JRS Ireland would like to thank everyone that donated to this year's Christmas Toy Appeal.  We collected toys for more than 140 children of migrants and asylum seekers.  All of the gifts were delivered to direct provision centres on Friday 19th December,

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Ireland funds African projects

The Jesuit Mission Office works hard to raise funds for a variety of projects in different parts of the world, and recently Murt Curry and his colleagues in the office were rewarded. Four more projects were approved by Misean Cara, bringing the total project money approved in 2008 to 560,000 euro.

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World Day of Migrants

‘Floods of refugees’, ‘waves of migrants’, ‘immigration flow’… In an incisive article for World Day of Migrants and Refugees (18 January), Eugene Quinn, director of JRS Ireland, identifies a dehumanising tendency in our use of such “hydraulic metaphors”.

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JRS Ireland welcomes new faces

Two new staff members have recently taken up their posts with JRS Ireland. Rory Halpin SJ has arrived in Limerick, and is looking forward to the challenge of assisting asylum seekers in the city and the surrounding area.

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Fighting in DRC causes massive displacement

Thousand of civilians have fled heavy clashes between government forces, Mayi-Mayi groups and troops loyal to renegade General Laurent Nkunda’s Nation Congress for People’s Defence (CNDP) in eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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