Journeys of Hope

Volunteers pull a raft packed with refugees and migrants as they arrive on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos, January 29, 2016. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Thousands of people seeking protection have come to Europe in recent years. Who are they? Where do they come from? Even more: which strength of heart pushes these people to dangerous and costly travels? What is their hope? Where do they find the courage to be people on the move?

As the mission of JRS is to accompany these people, serve them, and advocate for them, we want to listen first to their voices, as they are travelling and crossing so many obstacles. 

Danielle Vella has travelled all over the world with JRS, accompanying refugees and telling their stories in diverse publications. Danielle, together with Darrin Zammit Lupi, an award-winning photojournalist, have embarked on the journey of hope that so many people are making from Greece through Macedonia and on into other European countries.

Through this project JRS Europe aims to highlight the individual voices, hopes and dreams of people seeking a new, safe life in Europe.

Read the stories here

Update: Since the signing of the EU-Turkey deal in early 2016, the number of people arriving by boat from Turkey to Greece has decreased considerably. Tens of thousands of asylum seekers are now blocked in Greece, and a significant number are stranded between the border of Greece and Macedonia, as practically all countries along the so called Eastern route have closed their borders. 

For a detailed JRS-Europe analysis of the EU-Turkey deal which identifies a number of key human right concerns click here.

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