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Monday, October 24, 2016
Voices from the shadows: booklet tells the stories of migrants in Europe
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¬†"I went to work in a circus. I had to sleep on the floor, in a place full of fleas and rats, I had no bathroom, and I had to work 14 hours per day. At the end I was so tired, without documents, without knowing any one, that I decided to leave. I asked for my documents and my salary but the woman just threw some stones at me and I had to run away." Yuri from Ukraine living in Portugal An estimated one million men, women and children currently live in Western Europe with an irregular immigration status. A new Jesuit Refugee Service Europe publication, produced in association with six other organisations allows those with irregular status to tell their own stories. In their own words, Stavros, Remy, Yuriy, Ali, Maryam, and others tell of their experiences: why they left their homes, how they travelled, and what they encountered on arrival. They speak of fear, of exploitation, and of their own determination to survive and succeed. Designed for a general audience, Voices from the Shadows draws on the conclusions of the three-year research into the situation of irregular migrants in UK, Germany and Spain commissioned by JRS. It attempts to explore the phenomenon of irregular migration, looking at the impact on real lives, and at possibilities for change, so the human worth of every person will be acknowledged, regardless of the papers they do or do not hold. As the European Commission Communication on clandestine immigration was tabled this month, it concludes with a timely series of recommendations to European governments on how to avoid pushing migrants into an illegal status and how to respond to the current realities. Further information or copies of the booklet are available from Louise Zanrť, Assistant Director, Jesuit Refugee Service UK: 020-8847 3555 or Migrants in Europe. This is a synthesis report commissioned by the Jesuit Refugee Service - Europe and produced by the Refugee Studies Centre, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford. To read the report visit:
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