My Life as Refugee

JRS Europe proudly presents the photography exhibition entitled 'My Life as a Refugee' which shows the daily life of refugees in five European countries: Italy, Malta, Portugal, Romania and the United Kingdom.

In each of the countries, refugees received training in photography and took their own photographs to show the world through their lens. The exhibition displays photographs taken by refugees from their own perspective with captions also written by them.

With the Refugee Photography Project, besides getting closer to European audiences, refugees also got the opportunity to receive training in photography and journalistic writing which also furthers two-way integration of refugees and their new communities.

The Refugee Photography Project of JRS Europe was realised with the help of donations: JRS country coordinators organised local campaigns for camera donations. Then, photographers were recruited as volunteer trainers to give refugees a basic education and to focus on the coherence of one European exhibition.

The photographs were selected, discussed and submitted to the European exhibition. The JRS European Regional Office also recruited volunteer photographers and curators for the final photograph selection, captioning, set-up and organisation of the exhibition in the European Parliament.

The Jesuit Refugee Service is an international Catholic organisation present in over 50 countries around the world. Its mission is to accompany, to serve and to plead the cause of refugees and forcibly displaced people. In Europe, JRS works in 14 countries by visiting asylum seekers and migrants in detention, providing services to destitute forced migrants and monitoring the human rights of migrants at Europe's borders.

Reproduced with kind permission of JRS Europe. For more information visit JRS Europe - My Life as a Refugee 

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