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ANDES – A report on a pilot study on destitution amongst the migrant community in Malta

A report on a pilot study on destitution amongst the migrant community in Malta, carried out by the ANDES Network, set up by Jesuit Refugee Service Malta as part of the ANDES (Advocacy Network on Destitution) Project coordinated by Jesuit Refugee Service Europe. ANDES - A pilot study on a report on destitution among the migrant community in Malta (372 downloads)

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Do they know

Do They Know? is a collection of testimonies from asylum seekers who were granted protection in Malta, highlighting their experiences of life there.

Published by JRS Malta to coincide with International Migrants’ Day 2009, the testimonies reveal the unthinkable hardship many migrants face in Libya, which is almost an obligatory transit country for sub-Saharan Africans fleeing widespread violence and human rights violations in their countries.

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Becoming Vulnerable in Detention

This report was prepared by JRS Malta as part of the DEVAS project. The objective of this project, which was coordinated by JRS Europe, 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 exacerbate vulnerability in persons who are otherwise healthy. As part of this project, research was conducted in 23 EU Member States. Download the report Becoming Vulnerable in Detention (475 downloads) .

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JRS Europe Position on Detention

JRS Europe. Common Position on Administrative Detention. JRS Europe Position on Detention 2008 (173 downloads)

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Try to Understand

Since 2002, Malta has received an increasingly large number of migrants who depart from Libyan shores in a desperate bid to reach the European mainland. All. inclusidng women and children, are detained on arrival for illegal entry in terms of the Immigration Act; most apply for asylum and whether this is granted or otherwise, are eventually released to live in the community. In 2007, UNHCR decide to focus on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in response to a felt lack of awareness of the problem in policy and practice. A project was set up in Malta to provide hitherto insufficient psychosocial and legal services to those affected by SGBV, and to prevent further incidents occurring in immigration detention centres or in the community. JRS Malta implemented the UNHCR-funded project entitled SGBV Prevention and Response in the Context of Mediterranean Arrivals between April and December 2007. Download Try to Understand (286 downloads)

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In the Footsteps of Pedro Arrupe

This booklet, published on the hundredth anniversary of Father Pedro Arrupe’s birth, to remember his vision for JRS and ensure, even as the organisation grows and the world changes, that its vitality is sustained into the future. The reflections of Jesuits shared in this booklet testify to the enduring legacy of his vision. They prove correct his prophetic hopes of the role that Jesuits are called to play in alleviating the dramatically urgent needs of forcibly displaced people, and of the spiritual benefits to be reaped in this important modern apostolate. Twenty-seven years after the establishment of JRS, the magnificent response to his initial appeal has not diminished, and the impact of this apostolate on Provinces who make men available, remains real and profound. Arrupe’s vision has inspired so many Jesuits, lay people and religious who have worked with JRS and will continue to guide it into the future. Download In the Footsteps of Pedro Arrupe (190 downloads)

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Civil Society Report on the Administrative Detention of Asylum Seekers and Illegally Staying TCNs in 10 NMS

Across Europe, at any given moment, thousands of foreigners are detained while they await removal or a final decision on their asylum application. Migrants in detention are often extremely isolated, forced to live in difficult conditions and, at times, deprived of essential services. As access to detention centres is usually restricted, public awareness of the conditions in which migrants are detained is often very limited.

The research covers detention conditions in 30 detention premises/facilities spread across the 10 States that acceded to the EU on 1 May 2004: two in Estonia, one in Latvia and one in Lithuania, on the North-Eastern border; six in Poland, two in Slovakia, four in Hungary and one in Slovenia, on the Eastern border; five in Cyprus on the South-Eastern border; three in Malta on the Southern border; and five in the Czech Republic. Civil Society Report on Adminstrative Detention of Asylum Seekers and Irregularly Staying TCNs in 10 NMS (275 downloads)

The project was led by Jesuit Refugee Service Malta.

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The Wound of the Border

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)

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God in Exile

God in Exile: Towards a Shared Spirituality with Refugees is intended for people involved in the mission of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and others who serve refugees and people on the move. It is the fruit of endeavours to meet a felt need in JRS, that of giving expression to the rich spirituality underlying the journey in exile and the specific JRS response. God in Exile (211 downloads)

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Everybody’s Challenge

This book gathers key documents that record the inspiration and the mission given to Jesuit Refugee Service by the Society of Jesus in the first 20 years of its life 1980-2000. Everybody's Challenge (207 downloads) .

Even in the short 20 years of the life of JRS, the profile and needs of refugees and forcibly displaced people have changed a lot. For this reason the mission of JRS needs to be clear and the criteria for putting it into practice need to be well understood. Refugee is in fact an imprecise term applied to a diverse range of people.

Over these last 20 years, the number of conflicts of a religious or ethnic nature have increased, and so have their victims. In addition, In this context there is a world-wide growth in criminal human trafficking by which many refugees are doubly punished. They must pay cash in order to enjoy their fundamental human right of asylum. And as a result they are frequently seen as ‘illegal’. 

Fortunately, Catholic social teaching uses a broad understanding of who is a refugee. Yet while the needs of refugees differ according their countries of origin or of asylum, or because of the reasons for which they left home, the pastoral and human response of JRS remains consistent.

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