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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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EU: Turkey plan disregards human rights
Brussels, 11 March 2016 – Earlier this week heads of EU Member States met the Prime Minister of Turkey to try to find solutions to the humanitarian crisis playing out in the Aegean. The resultant plan dubbed 'one for one' envisages treating people fleeing war and state failure like parcels and would be a huge blow to human rights and the rule of law in Europe if ever implemented.
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Sri Lanka: joining the anti-landmines treaty, a good step towards durable solutions
Rome, 9 March 2016 – Seven years after the end of the 26-year long conflict, on 3 March 2016, Sri Lanka agreed to accede to the anti-personnel mine ban treaty, also known as the Ottawa Convention. The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) welcomes this move as a first good step towards durable solutions for those who have suffered war and violence. The northern and eastern provinces in Sri Lanka have been severely affected by land mines and explosives due to the conflict and there are a number of demining agencies working in Sri Lanka already.
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Vatican City: International Women's Day – knocking on the Church's door
Vatican City, 9 March 2016 – Yesterday, at the Casina Pia IV in the heart of the Vatican, powerful women made their voices count this International Women's Day at the Voices of Faith event co-hosted by the Fidel Gotz Foundation and the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). The event's theme "Mercy requires courage" stemmed from the Jubilee Year of Mercy and Pope Francis's call for believers to make their mercy  a concrete reality as opposed to an abstract idea.
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'What women want' -- Voices of Faith storytelling event in the Vatican
Vatican City, 4 March 2016 -- For International Women's Day on 8 March, at the Casina Pio IV in the heart of the Vatican, the Voices of Faith storytelling event will take place. With the theme "Mercy requires courage," it will feature and celebrate extraordinary faithful women from nine countries on five continents who exemplify the courage required to live merciful lives. 
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Voices of Faith celebrating Intl. Women’s Day in the Vatican
Voices of Faith and Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) invite you to learn more about the 3rd Voices of Faith female storytelling festival and this year's motto “Mercy requires Courage”. At this occasion the partnership between Voices of Faith and JRS based on their common values will officially be announced: The importance of education at large, particularly for females. Education is a fundamental key in improving the social and economic situation for women and their families.
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Australia: harsh border policies not the whole story
Sydney, 25 February 2016 – "The issue of refugees and asylum seekers in urban areas will become one of our main challenges in the coming years along with the inter-religious and inter-faith element of it," said Fr Bambang A Sipayung SJ, Director Jesuit Refugee Service Asia-Pacific.
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Ethiopia: education promotes self-reliance
Dollo Ado, 17 February 2016 -- Kaadi Ali Ibrahim used to measure his assets in livestock – camels, cattle and goats – but his new home in Melkadida refugee camp does not offer much space to herd or trade animals. Those who flee must leave not only their homes, but their whole livelihoods.
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South Sudan: education in response to a grave emergency
Nairobi, 11 February 2016 –"I've lived through three decades of war and I've never experienced as much violence as I did a few weeks ago," said South Sudanese Sister Elizabeth Waraga, Jesuit Refugee Service Education Coordinator working in Yambio, South Sudan. Last month heavy gun fire between government and opposition forces rained on the small South Sudanese town of Yambio and Sister Elizabeth and her colleagues hid for hours.
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Global: International Day of Prayer and Awareness for Human Trafficking
Rome, 8 February 2016 – The millions of refugees who cross international borders seeking protection often find themselves in danger and devoid of the human rights guaranteed to them by international law. Whether en-route through lawless territory, struggling to survive in under-resourced camps or homeless in inhospitable urban centres, many refugees are ripe for exploitation by criminal groups.
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World leaders in London must deliver transformational new deal for Syrian refugees and host countries
London, 3 February 2016 -- World leaders in London this week for a high-level conference on Syria must commit to an ambitious and transformational new multi-billion dollar deal for Syrian refugees and the countries hosting them in the region, a global coalition of more than ninety humanitarian and human rights groups said today.
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Europe: protect refugees, a collective responsibility
Rome, 3 February 2016 -- The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is seriously concerned by the disjointed reaction and arbitrary and deleterious security measures EU Member States have adopted as a response to the numbers of people fleeing to Europe these last few weeks. Refoulement and the closing of borders are among the most serious violations of treaties and conventions signed by the EU and Member States.
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Global: a call to put an end to the suffering in Syria
Rome, 27 January 2015 -- Three years ago, the leaders of UN humanitarian agencies issued an urgent appeal to those who could end the conflict in Syria. They called for every effort to save the Syrian people. "Enough", they said, of the suffering and bloodshed. That was three years ago. Now, the war is approaching its sixth brutal year. The bloodshed continues. The suffering deepens.
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Cambodia: Montagnard refugees receive protection and a fair case
Phnom Penh, 22 January 2016 – In this historic period where the world is seeing millions of forcibly displaced people on the move, and countries breaching their obligations under international law to protect them, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is glad to see that a group of ethnic Vietnamese Montagnard refugees will have access to a fair asylum process in Cambodia.
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Global: opening the doors, World Day of Migrants and Refugees
Vatican City, 18 January 2016 – Yesterday, for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis greeted more than 6,000 refugees and migrants of at least 30 different nationalities in St Peter's Square, recognising the individual value each brings to his or her new community. He encouraged those gathered to not allow life's challenges to deny them hope and joy.
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Myanmar: historic elections, is it safe for refugees to return?
Mae Hong Son, Thailand, 13 January 2016 -- In November 2015, Myanmar held its first national vote since a nominally civilization government was established in 2011, concluding nearly 50 years of military rule. Since the elections, there has been a wave of optimism for national reconciliation, which may allow for repatriation of Burmese refugees who fled to camps on the Thailand-Myanmar border decades ago.
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Vatican City: Pope Francis speaks out for World Day of Migrants and Refugees
Vatican City, 12 January 2016 – Yesterday, Pope Francis spoke out for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees to be celebrated on 17 January. In his speech, "Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us. The Response of the Gospel of Mercy," the Pope says that refugees and migrants are "people whose dignity is to be protected and who are capable of contributing to progress and the general welfare."
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Sweden: common action needed – unilateral border controls not the answer
Brussels, 8 January 2016 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is concerned at the recent news that Sweden has reinstated identity checks at its border with Denmark. Sweden has a long tradition of protecting refugees and defending human rights. In fact, in 2015, the country received the highest number of refugees per capita in the EU, approximately 163,000 asylum applications in total. Civil society and NGOs like JRS Sweden have worked to welcome the new arrivals.
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Putting Mercy in Motion – JRS launches education campaign for refugee children and youth
Rome, 4 December 2015 – On 8 December, as a concrete sign of commitment to the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) will launch the Mercy in Motion advocacy and fundraising campaign to expand and strengthen our education programmes. Our goal is to provide educational services to 100,000 more refugees than we currently do by the year 2020.
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Africa: Pope calls for solidarity with refugees
Nairobi, 30 November 2015 – Yesterday, Pope Francis returned from his five-day journey to Africa, concluding his trip in Bangui, Central African Republic, where he called for peace and spread messages of hope and unity – calls which were also echoed during his prior stops in Kenya and Uganda.
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Global: protect refugees now more than ever
Rome, 26 November 2015 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) expresses its sorrow over the death of so many innocent people in the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut, Mali and elsewhere. With the subsequent rise in xenophobia and islamophobia, we remind host communities and governments that closing the doors to refugees or blocking resettlement processes is a breach of international law and the principle of non-refoulement, or not pushing back people in need of protection.
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Pope Francis to make his first visit to Africa
Nairobi, 25 November 2015 – Today Pope Francis embarks on his first journey to Africa, beginning his five-day trip in Nairobi before going on to Kampala, Uganda and then Bangui, Central African Republic. Among his many stops, he will be visiting an urban slum, the United Nations, schools, churches, mosques, prayer vigils and a camp for displaced people in Central African Republic, a country still engulfed in inter-communal violence. He will meet with diverse religious leaders, heads of state and other government officials as well as citizens and refugees of varying faiths, ages and backgrounds.
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Eastern Africa: message in a bottle. Pontifex, hear us!
Kakuma, 23 November 2015 – The Jesuit Refugee Service mobilised the messages of young refugee boys in Kakuma refugee camp through a project entitled, Message in a Bottle. The project allowed 14 boys hosted in the JRS Amani Centre – a safe house for boys with protection concerns – to send their own message in a bottle to Pope Francis in anticipation for his upcoming visit to Kenya.
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USA: tell your policymakers we must welcome refugees
Washington DC, 19 November 2015 – In the wake of last week's tragic attacks in Paris, the Jesuit Refugee Service is alarmed that blame is being placed on refugees fleeing horrific violence and terrorism in Syria.
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Pope Francis supports global education initiative for refugee children and youth
Rome, 18 November 2015 – In a private audience with 15 refugees and friends and staff of Jesuit Refugee Service to commemorate the 35th anniversary of JRS on Saturday, 14 November, Pope Francis emphasised the importance of education for refugee children and youth as a means to build peace and foster the development of more resilient and cohesive societies.
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Pope Francis to advocate for education for refugee children and youth
Rome, 11 November 2015 – On Saturday, 14 November at 12pm, 15 refugees, as well as staff and friends of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), will attend a private audience with Pope Francis. The Pope will speak about the importance of education for refugee children and youth as a means to build peace and foster the development of more resilient and cohesive societies. 
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