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The Jesuit Refugee Service is a key source for those seeking information on the latest issues on forced displacement in the world. You 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 650,000 people worldwide.

Our global network of regional communications officers, based throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, can provide updates in emergencies and access to field staff.

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

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Global: JRS reacts to the first draft of the Global Compact on Refugees
Rome, 20 March 2018 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and 15 other NGOs have jointly released a reaction statement on the first draft of a Global Compact on Refugees, issued by the UNHCR on 9 March 2018.
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USA: On International Women’s Day JRS/USA announces first female Executive Director
Washington, DC, 8 March 2018 Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is thrilled to announce that its Board of Directors has appointed Joan Rosenhauer to serve as the first woman in the role of Executive Director.
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Middle East: Statement on the situation in Syria today
7 March 2018 – The situation in Syria, particularly in and around Damascus, remains critical. On 24 February the UN Security Council unanimously agreed to a 30-day ceasefire in Syria; however, there have been constant violations of the ceasefire.
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Global: Refugee women join in storytelling for annual Voices of Faith event
Rome, 5 March 2018 – Speakers and panellists will gather in Rome on International Women’s Day (Thursday, 8 March) at the annual Voices of Faith storytelling event to share stories and discuss this year’s theme ‘why women matter’.
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Spain: Refugee Bethlehem at ICAI
Madrid, 30 January 2018 – Last December, the Industrial Engineering School (ICAI) at Comillas University, a Jesuit university in Spain with more than a century of history, inaugurated a refugee nativity scene.
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Global: Year-end letter from JRS International Director
Rome, 27 December 2017 – The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members. Mahatma Gandhi would not give our society high marks for its treatment of forcibly displaced people this year. But in the midst of xenophobia and closing borders, there is hope.
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Belgium: I Get You final event and report launch
Brussels, 15 December 2017 – In a climate of divisive rhetoric and xenophobic populism from political leaders in Europe, JRS Europe’s new research published today shows that overwhelming numbers of Europeans actively welcome and include forced migrants in our societies.
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Bangladesh: “I ask your forgiveness” says Pope Francis to Rohingya refugees
Dhaka, 4 December 2017 Pope Francis expressed his solidarity with the Rohingya people and asked for reconciliation last Friday after meeting 16 Rohingya refugees who fled persecution and are now living in the camps at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, the district bordering Myanmar.
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Global: JRS International Director speaks on peripheries in our cities
Rome, 30 November 2017 – Last week, the Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas welcomed Fr Thomas H Smolich SJ, the International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), for their final Vincent Pallotti Institute fall lecture.
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Global: Pope’s Message for the 51st World Day of Peace
Vatican City, 24 November 2017 – Today, the Vatican published Pope Francis’s message for World Peace Day 2018, which will be celebrated 1 January 2018.
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Global: The legacy of Fr Arrupe in today’s crisis of solidarity
Rome, 14 November 2017 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) was founded by Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ on 14 November 1980 in response to the plight of Vietnamese people seeking to escape their homeland by boat, and also to aid refugees fleeing Ethiopia, Somalia, Cambodia, and Laos.
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Global: Education in Emergencies course co-hosted with Fordham University
Rome, 10 November 2017 – With close to 30 million children living in conflict-affected countries, and hundreds of thousands of families displaced by natural disasters, education in times of crisis and conflict is fundamental to achieving the goal of universal education.
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Global: JRS formalises Child Safeguarding Policy
Rome, 08 November 2017 The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has officially formalised its International Child Safeguarding Policy to ensure that all its staff members uphold the highest standard of respectable conduct when dealing with every human being below the age of eighteen years.
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Ethiopia: JRS inaugurates its Child Protection Centre
Addis Ababa, 6 November 2017 – Last week JRS officially inaugurated its Child Protection Centre in Addis Ababa. The centre is the first of its kind and has been operating since July. It provides a comprehensive child protection response to unaccompanied and vulnerable refugee children through various activities.
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Greece: Asylum seekers in abysmal conditions on islands
Athens, 24 October 2017 – Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras should end the Greek government’s “containment policy” of confining asylum seekers to the Aegean islands, 19 human rights and humanitarian aid organisations said in an open letter released 23 October.
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Global: Symposium on religion and refugees in Europe
Rome, 17 October 2017 – A symposium called Religion and Responses to Migrants and Refugees in Europe: The Catholic Church in Comparative Perspective took place in Rome between 12 and 14 October. It was organized by the University of Notre Dame, together with the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.
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Bangladesh: Responding to the plight of the Rohingya
Dhaka, 11 October 2017 – The JRS Deputy International Director, Fr Joseph Xavier SJ, is currently evaluating opportunities to support Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, where over 500,000 people have fled violence in the Rakhine State of Myanmar since August 2017.
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Global: JRS releases its 2016 International Annual Report
Rome, 3 October 2017 – According to figures published in the latest annual report, the Jesuit Refugee Service reached more than 733,400 refugees and forcibly displaced people in 2016, operating in 51 countries worldwide, a slight increase compared to the previous year.
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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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Thailand: Somali refugee women find solace in art therapy
Bangkok, 3 September 2017 - An art therapy group run by JRS in Bangkok is helping traumatized urban refugees share harrowing personal experiences and process loss.
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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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