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With a global staff of more than 1,500 worldwide, the Jesuit Refugee Service is a key source for journalists who seek information on the latest issues on forced displacement in the world. Journalists visiting this site have access to press releases, latest news affecting refugees and other forcibly displaced persons, updates from JRS projects and activities, speeches, special features and more.

JRS programmes are implemented through more than 50 country offices and a large network of partners, and annually benefit more than 900,000 people worldwide.

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Regional staff can lend insight into JRS programmes and advocacy priorities and provide detailed information on current global crises.

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USA: JRS recognized with the Anne Frank Award
Washington DC, 18 September 2017 - The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands recognized JRS USA with the Anne Frank Award. The award is given to an American person or organization who has demonstrated a body of work which confronts intolerance, anti Semitism, racism or discrimination, while upholding freedom and equal rights.
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Central African Republic: Condemnation of violence against humanitarian aid workers
Bangui, 15 September 2017 - 28,000 people are without humanitarian aid as a result of unprecedented violence against aid workers in Batangafo (CAR).
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Cameroon: The journey of faith of a Jesuit scholastic
Batouri, 7 September 2017 - “I’ve learned a lot, and deepened my faith” says Jeevan James, Jesuit scholastic from Karnataka Province, India, about his experience in Cameroon with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).
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Canada: Fear of refugees and refugee claimants
Montréal, 5 September 2017 - The present situation invites us to return to the foundation of our common humanity and to the essential links of solidarity that create societal ties.
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Latin America: Regional declaration regarding the situation of the Venezuelan migrant population
Bogota, 28 August 2017 - Venezuela is now experiencing one of the most difficult moments in its recent history, not only politically, but also economically, and socially.
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Eastern Africa: A call to action for the Horn of Africa
Nairobi, 24 August 2017 - JRS Eastern Africa and other international organisations have signed a joint letter urging to fully fund education in humanitarian appeals in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.
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Global: Pope's message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2018
Vatican City, 22 August 2017 - Pope Francis' message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees was released by the Vatican yesterday.
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Joint Statement on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
28 July 2017 - On the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons we would like to remind the international community of the crime of human trafficking, which affects every country. People are trafficked within local settings as well as across international borders for domestic servitude, sexual and labour exploitation, begging, forced marriage, organ removal, surrogate wombs and criminal acts.
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Global: Applications are open for Education in Emergencies course
Rome, 20 July 2017 - Applications are open for the Education in Emergencies course, organised and co-hosted by the Jesuit Refugee Service and the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University.
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Europe: Director of JRS South-East Europe to be awarded by the European Parliament
Zagreb, 13 July 2017 - The head of the Jesuit Refugee Service in South-East Europe, Tvrtko Barun SJ, is one of the winners of this year's European Citizen's Prize.
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Iraq: Focusing on the forgotten refugee
Dohuk, 10 July 2017 - JRS was already present in Iraq in the Erbil area since 2014, and decided to expand its intervention to the north, in the Duhok province, last year where the needs were great. 
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Syria: Despite heat and continued violence, work continues
Aleppo, 6 July 2017 - Syria continues to heat up: literally and figuratively. With daytime temperatures this past week soaring to between 40 and 45 degrees Celsius in most parts of the country, it's been a tough few days for many. In addition to the heat, the shortage of electricity and water add to the suffering, although there have been official efforts to improve the situation on this front.
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Europe: spotlight on refugee integration - video campaign
28 June 2017, Brussels – As part of the ‘I Get You’ campaign, JRS Europe mapped 315 grassroots refugee initiatives across 9 EU countries. Now, for Refugee Day, we proudly launch 9 campaign videos that put some of these projects into focus.
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Lebanon: JRS International Director visits for World Refugee Day
Baalbek, 22 June 2017 - While visiting JRS projects in Middle East, Fr Thomas H Smolich SJ, JRS International Director, celebrated World Refugee Day with the staff and the students of the JRS-run schools in Baalbek, Lebanon. Read his interview. 
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Welcome, protect, promote, integrate: the Eucharist and the refugee
Vatican, 20 June 2017 - Pope Francis chose the Feast of Corpus Christi last Sunday to speak again about his concerns for refugees, as the United Nations' World Day for Refugees comes around on 20th June. After praying the Angelus he asked the world to listen to the stories of grief and hope told by refugees: it is in these personal encounters that fear and distorted ideologies are banished, and bridges built. 
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Joint ecumenical statement for World Refugee Day 2017
Vatican, 20 June 2017 - To mark World Refugee Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service partners with many other Catholic organisations to call for the world to build bridges of solidarity with our refugee sisters and brothers, not walls.
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Syria: What if I had to flee?
Rome, 12 June 2017 - Prior to the conflict, my family and I were involved in private businesses including a printing house, a woven label factory, agricultural products manufacturing, and clothing. When the crisis started in 2012, I decided I needed to do something.
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Angola: Responding to the emergency situation
Dundo, 9 June 2017 - The Jesuit Refugee Service and UNHCR are responding to the emergency situation in the province of Lunda Norte, Angola, providing support to thousands of Congolese fleeing violence in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Greece: Impossible choices
Athens, 7 June 2017 - For Zeinab, growing up in Sanandaj, Iran, a mid-sized city known as a centre of Kurdish culture, should have been an experience as normal as any other. But now Zeinab is living in a refugee camp in Athens, Greece, a country that hosts thousands of refugees Europe prefers to forget. 
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South Africa: Social workers accompany refugees through all
Johannesburg, 5 June 2017 - Marcelline, a health worker for the Jesuit Refugee Service in Johannesburg, gave me a warm and comforting smile before we headed out to visit a few of her clients.
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Colombia: The challenge of peacebuilding
Bogotá, 1 June 2017 - For 50 long years, armed groups have embroiled Colombia in conflict. During the most intense period from 1990 to 2004 – when, according to international standards, it reached the level of a "major armed conflict" – it affected practically the entire country.
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Angola: Thousands of refugees from DRC in urgent need of assistance
Dundo, 17 May 2017 - “The situation here is desperately urgent. Thousands of Congolese are fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo and seeking refuge in neighbouring Angola,” reports Tim Smith, JRS Regional Director of Southern Africa, from his visit to north east Angola.
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Iraq: Accompanying the Yazidis
Erbil, 11 May 2017 - April 19th was New Year’s Day for the Yazidis. It was a joy to meet with some of them in Sarsink in the Dohuk District of Iraq on that day, to greet them with a “Jajna ta Piroz”. Each family had a tray laden with several bowls filled with cookies, boiled eggs with their shells colourfully painted, candies, fruits, and for good measure, a packet of cigarettes too!
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Central African Republic: Serious concerns about the deteriorating security situation
Bangui, 3 May 2017 - The INGOs, members of the Coordination Committee, who are signatories of this note, express their serious concerns about the deteriorating security situation, as well as its impacts as regards human rights violations, humanitarian access to vulnerable populations, the upsurge in needs as well as their own resources and response capacities.
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South Sudan: In love with a displaced God
Maban, 5 April 2017 - I hail from Barcelona, Catalonia. I joined the Society of Jesus in 2000 with a deep desire to serve the poor. This initial impulse has been refined and purified from just serving to something deeper and more reciprocal, which is journeying with those at the margins of history and society. I have been privileged to be able to be with JRS for some years now. 
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