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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PRESS RELEASE: Hundreds of Asylum Seekers Granted Status Entering New Limbo

Picture of NO EXIT sign.The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Ireland has warned that hundreds of asylum seekers granted status are still living in limbo this World Refugee Day (20 June 2015) and calls on the Irish Government to provide funding and support to help them transition to life outside Direct Provision.

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Job Opportunity Children and Family Support Worker (Direct Provision)

The logo of the Jesuit Refugee ServiceJRS Ireland is now seeking to recruit for the role of Children and Family Support Worker (Direct Provision).  This is a 10 month part time role (20 hours a week) based in Dublin.

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Opportunity to Prioritise Saving Lives Lost

Photo of boat at sea taken from a clip from the UNHCR video Desperate Rescue at SeaFollowing last week's meeting of the European Council, the Jesuit Refugee Service International  has issued a press release criticising the EU for failing yet again to prioritise saving the lives of people fleeing conflict and persecution.

EU leaders have not taken the necessary steps to ensure safe and legal access for vulnerable forced migrants.

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Press Release: No more deaths in the Mediterranean

This photo shows the Italian navy rescuing migrants at sea in June 2014. Credit UNHCR/Italian Navy/M.Sestini.The Jesuit Refugee Service has issued a press release calling on leaders attending the extraordinary European Council meeting on Thursday 23 April to respond to the latest tragedy on the Mediterranean with a concrete action plan prioritising human dignity and justice. 

Saving human life must come first.

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