On the occasion of the agreement that the EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and her Enlargement colleague Štefan Füle have recently concluded with the government in Libya, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Europe has emphasised the urgent need for protection of migrants and asylum seekers.
Protection must have priority in EU relations with Libya (306 downloads)
Recommendations of Christian NGOs for the Stockholm Programme.
Recommendations Stockholm Programme (172 downloads)
Executive summary of the comprehensive DEVAS Project Report “Becoming Vulnerable in Detention.”
Becoming Vulnerable in Detention (Executive Summary) (171 downloads)
The objective of the DEVAS project was to investigate and analyse vulnerability in detained asylum seekers and irregular migrants: both the way in which pre-existing vulnerable groups cope with detention, and the way in which detention can enable vulnerability in persons who do not otherwise possess officially recognised vulnerabilities and special needs.
In partnership with NGOs in 23 EU Member States, JRS-Europe oversaw the collection of 685 one-on-one interviews with detainees. The size and scope of the sample reveals that, despite the diversity of personal circumstances of the detainees, detention does have a common negative effect upon the persons who experience it. In addition to detainees, project partners interviewed detention centre staff and other NGOs operating within the centres, and conducted a survey of asylum and immigration laws in their respective countries. This data is included within each of the 22 national reports that are published in the full DEVAS report.
This study builds on previous reports and projects that investigated vulnerability in detention. It analyses the situation of individuals and groups that possess officially recognised special needs, such as minors, young women with children, the elderly and persons with medical illness. But this study also analyses the situation of detainees who often go unnoticed: young single men, persons without stated physical and mental health needs, and persons in prolonged detention. Most importantly, this study pushes the discussion on vulnerability and detention one step further because its results are based exclusively on the voices of detainees. Thus the understanding of vulnerability that emerges from this study characterises the experiences of detainees as they told it themselves.
Becoming Vulnerable in Detention (The DEVAS Project) (184 downloads)
This report describes the social and legal situation of forced migrants who came from countries outside the European Union1 and are living in destitution in the following EU Member States: Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Annexes contain summaries of the situation in France, Slovenia and Ukraine.
Living in Limbo (172 downloads)
JRS welcomes Vatican stand on plight of refugees.
Vatican on plight of refugees (175 downloads)
Statement by JRS Europe on World Refugee Day 2009.
JRS Europe Press Statement WRD 2009 (162 downloads)
Joint statement by JRS Europe, JRS Italy, JRS Malta.
JRS E-IT-MT statement 200905 (154 downloads)
JRS Europe. Common Position on Administrative Detention.
JRS Europe Position on Detention 2008 (173 downloads)
The history of JRS is the history of refugees. This book was published to commemorate 25 years of Jesuit Refugee Service. But is this something to celebrate? As one JRS worker said, we can only celebrate on the day JRS comes to an end; this will mean there are no more wars, and no more refugees. The centre of gravity of this book is not only JRS and its many works, but the refugees themselves. What we celebrate is their dignity, courage and determination to keep hope alive, to choose light instead of darkness. It is not meant to be historically exhaustive, but to bring together testimonies of people who have witnessed the growth of JRS. They offer their experience and vision, share significant events in their regions, the specific challenges and dilemmas they encountered, and the signs of hope.
The Wound of the Border (223 downloads)