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80.5% of all asylum seekers were granted international protection in Malta in 2015. A further 5.1% were granted complementary forms of protection. The top three nationalities granted international protection were Libyans (1004), Syrians (281) and Somalis (56).
Despite the fact that only 104 asylum seekers arrived by boat in 2015, Malta received 1693 asylum applications during that same year. The top three nationalities that sought asylum were Libyans (890), Syrians (390) and Eritreans (71).
A lasting solution, the possibility to begin a new life, is the only dignified solution for the refugees themselves. Poul Hartling, former Commissioner of UNHCR
In 2015, there were 60 million forcibly displaced people of whom more than 20 million persons were refugees and asylum seekers. If this were the population of a country, it would be the 24th largest in
Half of the 60 million displaced are children. How many of these children are in primary school? One in two. Only one in four is in secondary school and only 1% of the 60 million is in university.
In 2014, 42,500 new people were displaced every single day. Thats a new person forced to flee every other second. Developing coun-tries host over 86% of the worlds refugees, compared to 70% ten years ago.
In Syria, half the countrys pre-war population more than 11 million people have been killed or forced to flee their homes.
UNHCR estimates that less than 30% of the 19,000 who arrived by boat from Libya since 2002 remain in Malta.
The needs of refugees are multi-faceted
Over the years, we have learnt that the fulfillmentof basic needs, including safety from persecution and violence, is only the first step in journeys of hope undertaken by refugees. We have learnt that protection is not just a piece of paper. In order to counter hopelessness and the sense of missing perspective which many of them face, refu-gees like all of us - also need to feel they have a future whilst making peace with the wounds of their past.
JRS Malta aims to create communities that encourage refugees to live life to the full. Refugees deserve to have the support they need so that they can live in dignity and self-sufficiency, to develop their potential, to be able to look after their families, and to live in a community where they truly belong and not one in which they are consid-ered to be permanent guests.
More than 30 years ago, Fr. Pedro Arrupe SJ, then the renowned head of the Jesuit order, was deeply shocked by the harrowing plight of the Vietnamese boat people and determined to see what
the Jesuits could do to help.
In 1980, Fr. Arrupe founded the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), which has since grown into an inter- national organisation that serves 949,000 people with 1,800 staff, Jesuits, religious and lay people
from different faiths, serving refugees in camps, urban areas, war zones and detention centres in 45countries
The mission of JRS is to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons, who rank among the worlds poorest and most vulnerable. We seek to serve refugees as their companions, this is key to everything we do. As an international Catholic
organisation and a work of the Jesuits, we are inspired by the compassion of Jesus, who made it his mission to reach the most marginalised people of his time.
Our services promote hope by enabling refugees to continue their education and by equipping them with life-changing skills. Advocacy is crucially important, based on our deep belief in the intrinsic dignity of each and every person. We work so that refugees may find protection, humane living
conditions and durable solutions for their future.
JRS began its work in Malta in 1993, in response to the arrival of several hundred asylum seekers who had arrived in Malta mainly from Iraq and the former Yugoslavia.
Over the years, JRS Malta expanded its services to include legal advice and provision of information to asylum seekers in detention, advocacy, public awareness-raising, social work services,
limited healthcare and psychological support, and spiritual care.
At JRS Malta we respond to these needs with:
Compassion impels us to work to alleviate the suffering of our fellow human beings. JRS sees its service as a call to love and to treat others with equity and respect as we ourselves wish to be treated.
JRS is a work of the Society of Jesus, carrying out the Societys mission of faith and justice through humble and respectful service in solidarity with refugees from diverse cultures, nationalities and religions.
JRS aims to give hope to refugees and other forcibly displaced persons by providing both practical services and spiritual guidance.
JRS upholds the principle of subsidiarity, endeavouring to be accountable for its work and to be transparent in its decision-making process. We work in partnership with other religious congregations, humanitarian organisations and with refugees themselves, thus encouraging co-responsibility, discernment and participative decision-making.
JRS believes in the intrinsic dignity of every person and the fundamental common value in freedom of speech and religion. We work with refugees and other displaced persons regardless of their race, gender, religion or political view.
JRS is committed to promoting justice that empowers refugees to become people with a voice of their own, and to working together with them to challenge systems that deny or undermine human rights.
JRS aspires to encourage hospitality in action. We walk alongside the most vulnerable people those who are at the frontiers of humanity and offer them hospitality by giving priority to situations where the need is greatest.
What we do:Our Vision is to accompany, serve and advocate for refugees and
forcibly displaced persons in Malta in order to achieve a truly inclusive community where everyone belongs
Encourage a life of dignity, freedom and belonging
Embark on a journey of reconciliation
Advocate for refugee rights
JRS works to improve the life of asylum seekers by providing a wide range of professional services. Our team of lawyers, social workers, psychologists and nurse offer assistance in the initial reception centre, detention centres and open centres as well as in the community.
Our advocacy comes from our closeness to refugees and this gives it international credibility. Often implemented in partnership with others, our efforts include training service providers and organising stakeholders meetings.
JRS Malta aims at creating space for encounter and mutual sharing by collaborating with different religious groups that share the same values underlying our work and through our Outreach Programmes in Schools and Parishes. In all our work, we strive to foster a culture of openness, embodied by hospitality.
JRS encourages self-reliance for the well-being of both the local society and refugees themselves. Building on the skills of refugees and assessing local market needs, we provide refugees and asylum seekers with training courses in education and employment. This helps refugees to restore their dignity, integrate locally and support themselves.
Promote integration and social inclusion
What does protection mean for us? Protection means safety it means shelter. But protection also means belonging to a community where we can give and take,
where we can belong again. An asylum seeker from Somalia
Life is a precious gift, but we realize this only when we give it to others. Pope Francis
JRS Malta is currently running several projects which require a considerable amount of resources in order to make them sustainable. Over the two-year period 2016-2017, we are determined to achieve a set of goals which will not only help
refugees but also benefit the wellbeing of local communities. With your support we will be able to make this happen!
Working with 8-10 Christian communities and trained volunteers to create a community of hospitality by welcoming and supporting refugees in need, and providing hospitality - which includes accommodation, friendship and support.
We aim to encourage 10 families to follow a care-plan developed by a social worker in order to attain self-sufficiency.
In 2015 over 157 individuals in detention received legal assistance from JRS Malta and over 165 migrants were assisted with job seeking and accessing language courses by our team of social workers and volunteers. In 2015 JRS Malta had 820 visits to our Drop-In service requesting advice and assistance on different issues. The JRS School Outreach Programme reached over 1500 students during the first half of the scholastic year 2015-2016, while the Parish Outreach Programme reached 15 Christian groups in 2015. In December 2015, the Jesuit community in Naxxar welcomed a refugee family from Ethiopia to reside in their premises as part of the Communities of Hospitality project.
Creating opportunities for Maltese children to meet refugees and hear about their journey, whilst fostering a culture of peace and reconciliation.
JRS Malta plans to reach 3,000 children from primary and secondary schools during the scholastic year 2016-2017.
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