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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.

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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Interview with Fr Mark Raper SJ: Accompanying refugees
Rome, 1 February 2017 - Fr Mark Raper SJ worked for JRS for nearly two decades. He served as the first Regional Director of JRS in the Asia Pacific Region from 1982 to 1989 and then as the International Director of JRS from 1990 to 2000.
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USA: Barring refugees is an affront to global and Christian values
30 January 2017 - The Jesuit Refugee Service challenges US President Donald Trump’s Executive Order banning refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States. 
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Europe: JRS welcomes a new Regional Director
Brussels, 27 January 2017 – JRS Europe is pleased to present Jose Ignacio Garcia, SJ, as the new Regional Director. He takes up the reins from Jean-Marie Carriere, SJ.
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Syria: Limited access to basic resources affects the population
24 January 2017 - The winter in Syria continues to be rather harsh. The displaced, without sufficient access to appropriate lodging and heating, continue to suffer. Essential commodities are not easily available; and whenever they are, the prices are astronomical.
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America Magazine feature: Human Trafficking, A Global Assault on Human Dignity
Images of migrants drowning in the Mediterranean have shocked the world in recent years—sparking conversation, inspiring political summits and challenging the collective responsibility of the global community to refugees. But behind the images not seen and the headlines not written are stories of exploitation that refugees risk at every step of their journey to safety.
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Italy: Young refugees represent hope for a peaceful future
Rome, 16 January 2017 - On the occasion of the 2017 World Day of Migrants and Refugees, many refugees, volunteers and friends of JRS Italy - Centro Astalli met Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, newly elected Superior General of the Society of Jesus.
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Thailand: They just don't want us next door
9 January 2017 - The room is a room—not an apartment, not a flat, but mere four walls and an entrance door that never seems to shut well. They have been renting it for the better part of the last two years, yet there is no furniture to speak of.
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Kakuma: psychosocial care for vulnerable children
Kakuma, 3 January 2017 – Children in the context of a refugee camp, an urban setting, or any other location around the world fall into a category of individuals who are extremely vulnerable. Simply looking at their status in the world will identify that. They are unable to make decisions on their own, and have to depend on others in order to survive.
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End of year message from the International Director
2016 has been memorable for shadows and lights. One shadow hovering over our world is the reality of 65 million refugees and displaced people - the highest number in our history. We are all acutely aware of places like Aleppo and Athens. Yet JRS also works where those on the move are off the radar.
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Central African Republic: Living in the factory
Bambari, 27 December 2017 - Some two hours from Bambari, the second largest town in the Central African Republic, a group of about 5000 workers in a sugar factory, fearing for their lives, have occupied the factory. Their homes are less than 2 kms away, but they had to leave them a few months ago, fleeing from machetes and burning houses and nobody dares return.
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Europe, Journeys of Hope postscript: Longing for life
Brussels, 20 December 2016 – In this post-script to our Journeys of Hope series, Danielle Vella pays tribute to Behzad, a 28-year-old refugee from Afghanistan who lost his life in a tragic accident in Austria.
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Joint statement: EU leaders can save lives this winter
Brussels, 14 December 2016 - Ahead of the EU Council meeting in Brussels on 15 December, JRS Europe together with over 30 other refugee organisations is calling on political leaders to take immediate action to save lives in Greece this winter. The full statement follows here.
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USA: ‘Dear Pope Francis’ book sales benefit JRS programs around the world
Chicago, 13 December 2016 — Loyola Press had great success this year launching their book, Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World.  A portion of the book's sales are being donated to Jesuit Refugee Service/USA to support JRS global projects.
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Malawi: Teacher training in context
Lilongwe, 12 December 2016 — In late 2015, about 12,000 Mozambicans crossed the border to Malawi to seek refuge from political upheaval and violence in their home province. Though many have now returned home, about 2000 have remained in Malawi due to the ongoing unrest. These refugees have been settled in a small village called Luwani, whose previous population numbered just a few hundred Malawians.
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Interview with Fr Varkey Perekkatt SJ: giving Bhutanese refugees a voice
Rome, 5 December 2016 - Fr Varkey Perekkatt SJ, former field director for JRS in Nepal, believes that education is what enabled more than 100,000 Bhutanese refugees to be resettled and find a better future.
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Global: Remembering Fr. Kolvenbach’s commitment to refugees
Rome, 2 December 2016 - The Jesuit Refugee Service family remembers Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach SJ, who died in Beirut, Lebanon on 26 November. Fr Kolvenbach served as the 29th Superior General of the Society of Jesus for almost twenty-five years and carried forward Fr. Arrupe’s legacy.
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USA: Walking with Refugees Award Reception for Fr Ken Gavin SJ
Washington DC, 1 December 2016 - Fr. Kenneth J. Gavin S.J., Assistant International Director, will be honoured with the Grace Kobbe Tevis Award for Extraordinary Service at a special event in New York today.
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Europe: Children cannot wait
Brussels, 30 November 2016 - EU institutions and Member States must do more to protect refugee and migrant children, a statement signed by 78 civil society organisations said today to mark the opening of the 10th European Forum on the Rights of the Child in Brussels.
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CAR: 'We do not understand this war'
Batouri, 29 November 2016 - "I still do not know why the war is going on in our country, the Central African Republic," says Haman, a refugee from CAR living in the Ketté area, Eastern Cameroon. Haman lives in the little town of Boubara with his wife and five sons. 
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Global: Fr Thomas Smolich SJ to receive 2016 CRISPAZ Peace Award
San Salvador, 25 November 2016 - JRS International Director, Fr. Thomas Smolich, S.J., will be honoured by Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ) with the CRISPAZ Peace Award on Wednesday, November 30, at an evening reception at Santa Clara University's De Saisset Museum in Santa Clara, CA.
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Global: Supporting justice against conflict minerals
Brussels, 23 November 2016 - The European Union (EU) has today taken a positive, but half-hearted, step towards cleaning up Europe's trade in minerals. EU legislators concluded their negotiations on a new law on so-called 'conflict minerals'—a Regulation which is meant to ensure that minerals entering the EU do not finance conflict or human rights violations.
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Syria: JRS staff stand together in serving the displaced
Beirut, 22 November 2016 - The war in Syria has grabbed world headlines for almost six years now. The violence has killed and wounded thousands. Millions have been made homeless: most of them as IDPs in Syria or having to seek refuge in another country. Many towns and cities of Syria are destroyed beyond recognition.
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Global: Bringing light to the child migrants in our midst
Rome, 17 November 2016 – On the occasion of Universal Children's Day on November 20th, we echo Pope Francis' appeal "to adopt every possible measure to guarantee the protection and safety of child migrants." In this time of epic human displacement, "children constitute the most vulnerable group, because as they face the life ahead of them, they are invisible and voiceless".
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Canada: Reflections on Central American migrant issues
Montreal, November 15, 2016 — Every time I visit a country in the developing world, I am always struck by the enormous differences with Canada, but also its similarities. Certain parts of those countries are rich, and therefore have similar amenities to Canada.
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Australia: JRS welcomes resettlement deal with the United States
Sydney, 14 November 2016 - Jesuit Refugee Service Australia (JRS) welcomes yesterday’s announcement by the Australian government that some refugees on Nauru and Manus Island will be resettled in the United States.
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