Jordan: space to be together
Irbid, 27 June 2014 – In an unassuming building on a quiet street in Irbid, you'll find Syrian mothers dressed alike in heavy black coats and hijabs chatting around a conference table over bread and coffee while their children attend kindergarten in the room next door. It's crammed, but they are used to it now, many living in crowded apartments since they arrived in Jordan.
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Central African Republic: safe spaces for children amid the chaos
Bangui, 25 June 2014 – JRS has set up safe spaces for children in a site for internally displaced people (IDPs) in battered Bangui. Teachers have been recruited and temporary sheds for classes and other activities were erected in early February in the camp at the Monastery of Boy Rabe.
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Video: France, Jesuit Refugee Service Welcome Project, the host family experience
Paris, 24 June 2014 –  Each night, thousands of people sleep on the streets of Paris. Some are asylum seekers and refugees. Jesuit Refugee Service France has set up a network of families and religious communities to host them until they can find stable housing.
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Video: France, Jesuit Refugee Service Welcome Project, the refugee experience
Paris, 24 June 2014 – Each night, thousands of people sleep on the streets of Paris. Some are asylum seekers and refugees. Jesuit Refugee Service France has set up a network of families and religious communities to host them until they can find stable housing.
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Video: Lebanon, space to learn
Beirut, 23 June 2014 – How can a country educate every child when its population has expanded by 25% in less than four years? To address the needs of Syrian refugee students, some Lebanese schools have two shifts to double their capacity. Others have to turn people away. In communities around the country, from the Bekaa Valley to the Mediterranean coast, the Jesuit Refugee Service is creating schools for Syrian children in areas where educational opportunities weren't previously available.
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Kenya: decades of refugee integration shaken
Nairobi, 20 June 2014 – Imagine waking up one morning to find a story in the newspaper saying you have to move to a refugee camp. After fleeing your home and struggling for years to make a life for yourself in Kenya – learning the language, getting an education – you are being displaced again. This time you are being sent 800km away to the desert. This happened not once, but twice in the last 18 months.
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World Refugee Day statement: finding safe spaces together
Rome, 20 June 2014 – Today on World Refugee Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service commemorates the courage and endurance of the millions of people forced to flee their homes, and the many who welcome them into their communities. In the last 12 months, the numbers of people displaced due to conflict – more than two-thirds from Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic – and human rights abuses have reached 50 million. Mass displacement is at a 20 year high, on a scale not seen since the wars in former Yugoslavia.
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France: more than space to live, the Welcome project
Paris, 20 June 2014 – Swastik came from a normal family in rural Bangladesh. Her father was a farmer and her mother a tailor. Most of her life was not so different from those around her, until her sister was kidnapped and murdered and she was forced to flee for her life. Without going into the details of exactly what happened, it is suffice to say she was persecuted.
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Thailand: fleeing to fear and isolation
Bangkok, 28 April 2014 – A padlocked gate separates three Vietnamese Hmong families in their Bangkok apartment from the rest of the sprawling city. The children rarely leave to play in the fresh air.
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Italy: dying to come to Europe
Rome, 22 January 2014 It’s a shame it took 500 lives, lost within days, to make Europe aware of the danger faced by people who desperately try to reach its territory to seek refuge.
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