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This special website of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Europe is dedicated to asylum seekers and irregular migrants in detention in Europe.

Those persons who are looking for protection or for ways of trying to survive by undeclared work are literally locked up and guarded as if they were criminal prisoners, and very often their living conditions in detention are even worse than living conditions in criminal prisons.

JRS staff in Europe visit and accompany many of these detainees and, building on that experience, JRS in Europe and the Brussels office of JRS-Europe plead their cause.

The purpose of this website is to inform, raise awareness and to nourish critical as well as constructive debate.

JRS is a global Catholic organisation, founded in 1980 with the mission to accompany, serve and advocate for refugees and other forcibly displaced people.


Read the JRS common position on immigration detention in Europe


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Recent JRS documents and activities on detention

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  • Read our newest report on the Dublin Regulation, Protection Interrupted, published in June 2013 and based on interviews with nearly 300 asylum seekers in 10 EU countries.
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  • Read our landmark report, Becoming Vulnerable in Detention (The DEVAS project final report), published in June 2010, and based on interviews with 685 persons detained in 21 EU countries.




Website last updated on: 05 June 2014

For more information about the work of JRS-Europe, and JRS offices in Europe, visit: www.jrseurope.org