JRS-Portugal Welcomes 14 Refugees under the “Seeds of Hope” Project

On 10 July 2014, JRS-Portugal welcomed 14 refugees, including five children, under the Portuguese resettlement programme co-financed by the European Refugee Fund. Coming from diverse countries such as Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal and Iran, the project was named “Seeds of Hope” owing to its social and humanitarian dimension, and in consideration of the message it seeks to communicate.

Before arriving to Portugal, the refugees, whose status was assigned by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), were living in a refugee camp in Morocco.

The “Seeds of Hope” project will last one year, during which JRS-Portugal has developed a specific programme to host and integrate these refugees into Portuguese society, which includes language training, accompanying them to public and private institutions, providing psychological and social support, as well as training for employment.

In its mission to accompany, serve and advocate for migrants, refugees and displaced families, and particularly the most vulnerable, JRS-Portugal will remain close to these refugees to contribute to their integration in Portuguese society.

JRS-Portugal believes that successful integration depends on the joint action undertaken between JRS-Portugal, the refugees themselves, civil society, and public and private entities. Moreover, as stated in the UNHCR publication, Refugee Resettlement: An International Handbook to Guide Reception and Integration, we believe integration to be “(…) a mutual, dynamic, multifaceted and ongoing process.”

If you would like to learn more about the “Seeds of Hope” project, please contact Ms. Inês Vale de Castro, Advocacy Officer and Legal Adviser with JRS-Portugal at: ines.castro@jrsportugal.pt