The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. JRS undertakes services at national and regional levels with the support of an international office in Rome. Founded in November 1980 as a work of the Society of Jesus, JRS was officially registered on 19 March 2000 at the Vatican State as a foundation.
Jesuit Refugee Service Malta (JRS) was set up in 1993, as part of a larger international organisation – JRS International, to support the first arrival of asylum seekers to the island from crisis areas in the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe, mainly from Iraq and Bosnia. Although the situation is now very different, with asylum seekers and forcibly displaced people arriving mostly by boat from the African coast, JRS Malta continues to respond to existing needs. JRS Malta advocates for the rights of asylum seekers, organizes awareness-raising activities in schools and community centres, and provides information, legal assistance, social work services and pastoral care to asylum seekers and forced migrants in detention and in the community.
The Jesuit Refugee Service provides illegal immigrants with advice and legal assistance to facilitate their way through the asylum process. They provide detailed information on how aspiring 'refugees' can maximise their chances of successfully acquiring some form of protection status. It is to be noted that the Refugee Commissioner of Malta is an ex-Jesuit himself and approved the overwhelming majority of applications. In fact Malta has the highest rate of acceptance.
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