Poland: welcoming refugees where the need is the
With over 1.8 million people, Poland continues to be
the country receiving the highest influx of refugees, with
reception capacity stretched to the maximum.
Jesuit communities have opened their houses from the
beginning to welcome arriving refugees and provide them with shelter and
initial support, including children with cancer and other serious health
concerns. To meet the growing needs, JRS is also collaborating with other
religious congregations to find additional accommodation options. We want to
provide hope to those whose lives have been abruptly disrupted, so we are
already developing long-term plans to provide scholarships to children in
Jesuit schools and kindergartens.
Necessities and supplies are also being collected with
support from Jesuit parishes to be sent to those in need In Ukraine.
offering multidisciplinary support at the border
While at first many of the Ukrainians arriving in the
country wanted to reach other destinations, more recently there has been a
spike in numbers of people that want to stay in Romania. JRS continues to be
present in Bucharest and at the borders to ensure accommodation, first
necessities, and legal advice for those who want to seek asylum.
The most urgent need remains finding appropriate
accommodation for everyone, especially as we look now for medium and long-term
accommodation, which is more complicated than provisional shelters.
Fortunately, the response from the population has been overwhelmingly positive,
with many families reaching out to our office to offer places to stay.
In addition to providing essential needs like
food and beds, JRS is also assisting with information and legal counselling.