About Us

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international non-governmental organisation, founded in 1980.   Our mission is to accompany, to serve and to advocate the cause of refugees and forcibly displaced persons worldwide.  JRS programmes are found in over 50 countries, providing assistance to refugees in camps, to people displaced within their own country, to asylum seekers in cities and those in detention.


  • To promote improvements in the reception and integration of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.
  • To support non-Irish nationals who are in detention under immigration legislation.
  • To advocate for a more just immigration system and asylum process.
  • To foster a more positive public image of asylum seekers and migrants in Ireland and deepen public understanding of asylum and migration issues.
  • To support the work of JRS Europe, the JRS International Office and JRS projects on the ground worldwide.


We seek to contribute to integration by providing language support, by running capacity building courses, by organising intercultural events and through our schools integration programme.

Asylum Seeker Support
We provide assistance to persons seeking asylum through direct outreach, language classes and psychosocial support.

We visit immigration detainees, organise training for detention visitors and advocate for more just detention policies.

We work to bring about positive structural changes within the Irish asylum and immigration system and advocate for policies and practices that directly benefit refugees, asylum seekers and the forcibly displaced in Ireland and beyond.