Intercultural & Interfaith Calendar 2016

Front cover of the JRS Ireland Intercultural and Interfaith Calendar 2016.The 2016 JRS Ireland Intercultural & Interfaith Calendar is now on sale.

A fantastic resouce for teachers and anyone wishing to celebrate or raise awareness of diversity in Ireland, order your copy today to avail of our special offers.

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The Call to Solidarity

Picture of refugees on their journey along the Hungarian-Serbian border.The Jesuit Major Superiors of Europe have issued a statement (October 2015) calling for greater European solidarity in response to the refugee crisis.

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European leaders: protecting life must come first

A JRS worker distributes water to forced migrants on the Greek-Macedonian border.JRS Europe has issued a statement calling on the extraordinary EU council meeting on 22 September to urgently take common action to protect refugees in Europe.

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Only by sharing responsibility will lives be saved

Image of asylum seekers recovering on deck of boat after rescue from sea.The Jesuits are responding to the European refugee crisis by attempting to meet the immediate humanitarian need of thousands of refugees and addressing the structural causes of the crisis.

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Press Release: Opportunity for fundamental reform of asylum system must be grasped

Front cover of the Final Report of the Working Group on the Protection ProcessThe Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Ireland has called on the Irish Government to honour the promise of fundamental reform, set out in the Terms of Reference of the Working Group on the Protection Process, by fully implementing the Working Group’s recommendation as soon as possible.

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Government told time to act is now

Picture of the number 173.Today a new website has been launched tracking implementation by Government of the key recommendations in the Report of the Working Group on the Protection Process launched at the end of July.

This is a joint initiative of the Core Group of Asylum Seekers, Children’s Rights Alliance, JRS Ireland, Nasc, SPIRASI and UNHCR, all of whom were members of the Working Group. 

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Free English Language Lessons

English language classes being provided by JRS Ireland volunteers.The BELL (Belvedere English Language Lessons) Programme is back for another year offering free English language classes to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.

Basic, intermediate and advanced speakers are welcome but priority will be given according to need.

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Summer Programme 2015

A volunteer and particpant enjoy a family day trip to Portmarnock beach as part of the JRS Ireland 2015 Summer Programme.JRS Ireland would like to thank everyone who participated, supported or volunteered in this year's Summer Programme, which was successfully delivered in July and beneffitted more than 140 individuals living in Direct Provision. 

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Creating Pathways for Safe and Legal Access

JRS staff hand out bottles of water to refugees crossing the Greek-Macedonian border. In advance of this month's meeting of EU Ministers to discuss migration (September 14th), JRS Europe is calling for safe and legal access to asylum to be at the top of their agenda.

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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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