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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 500,000 people worldwide.

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Syria: people of Homs hungry to lead a normal life, says Dutch Jesuit
Rome, 10 February 2014 – Three thousand Syrians trapped in the old city of Homs under a two-year siege and food blockade may finally receive relief after agreements were made on Thursday in the Geneva II talks between government and opposition forces. After two weeks, the negotiations seem to have borne some fruit: an agreement allowing for a "humanitarian pause" in Homs.
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Malta: JRS report, Beyond Imagination, documents human rights abuses of asylum seekers in Libya
Valletta, 4 February 2014 – Asylum seekers should not be returned to Libya for any reason whatsoever because their safety, lives and freedoms are at risk. In Libya, they have virtually no chance of getting protection, even now that the Gaddafi regime has collapsed.
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Vatican City: promoting solidarity, acceptance, and signs of fraternity
Vatican City, 28 January 2014 – The present day reality of migration in a rapidly globalising world poses a particular challenge for world leaders and citizens alike, according to the annual message, Migrants and Refugees: toward a better world, released by the Vatican last week.
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Thailand: providing vital services to people in detention
Washington DC, 27 January 2014 — A grant from the J. Homer Butler Foundation has enabled Jesuit Refugee Service to provide medical care to detainees in Thailand's largest immigration detention centre, IDC Bangkok, which on any given day holds an average of 1,000 detainees.
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South Sudan: JRS plans disrupted, but not shattered
Nairobi, 9 January 2014 – During the first quarter of last year, JRS Eastern Africa moved to and opened projects in Yambio in the South Sudanese state of Western Equatoria and Maban in Upper Nile. In Yambio, JRS supports a community affected by the long years of conflict. A gradual start has seen 12 primary school teachers enrolled in a teacher training college run by Solidarity with South Sudan.
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South Sudan: Jesuits urge peaceful resolution to crisis
Nairobi, 8 January 2014 — "We encourage all our friends and well-wishers of South Sudan, wherever they may be, to do all they can to advocate on behalf of South Sudan for a speedy, just and peaceful resolution of the current crisis", said Jesuit Fr Agbonkhianmeghe E Orobator, Provincial of East Africa.
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Democratic Republic of Congo: Jesuit Refugee Service team member killed
Masisi, 22 November 2013 – JRS staff member in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Yohana Bushu, was shot two weeks ago and died in hospital a few hours later.
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Asia Pacific: Jesuit Refugee Service to support local Philippine relief efforts
Bangkok, 14 November 2013 – In the face of the enormous destruction and displacement wrought by typhoon Haiyan, the Jesuit Refugee Service has decided the most practical immediate response is to provide logistical support to Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan, a local Jesuit-led organisation.
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USA: humanitarian groups united in concern about statelessness in Dominican Republic
Washington DC, 4 November 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service and other humanitarian organisations share the concerns of the Organization of American States about the recent ruling issued by the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic that could arbitrarily deprive thousands of Dominicans of foreign descent of their nationality.
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Central African Republic: mass violence and imminent threat to civilians
Washington DC, 1 November 2013 – The Jesuit Refugee Service and a number of other leading NGOs urge the international community to act quickly in the Central African Republic to protect civilians and prevent further atrocities against them. The increasingly dire humanitarian situation threatens the stability of the entire country.
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Mexico: JRS report highlights Central American migrant abuses
Washington DC, October 29, 2013 — A new report from Jesuit Refugee Service USA notes that the flows of migrants from Central America toward the US require special consideration both from a human rights perspective and because their vulnerability is intimately linked to continued regional insecurity. The report, Persistent Insecurity: Abuses against Central Americans in Mexico, includes specific recommendations to alleviate the abuses faced by migrants on their journey.
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Dominican Republic: Jesuit organisations in support of campaign against court ruling
Rome, 25 October 2013 – Jesuit organisations worldwide are jointly mobilising to stand in opposition to a new court ruling in the Dominican Republic that could cause half a million Dominicans to lose their citizenship rights, leaving them stateless and unable to exercise basic human rights.
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Catholic agencies say protecting lives must come before protecting borders
Rome, 25 October 2013 – Caritas and the Jesuit Refugee Service urge European governments to provide legal solutions that allow refugees and migrants to arrive safely to the continent.
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Malawi: refugees in Dzaleka receive diplomas from Regis University
Dzaleka, 7 October 2013 – In many ways, the graduation ceremony on 27 September last in Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi looked like any other– mortarboards and tassels, proud parents and renowned speakers giving advice. But it was anything but ordinary; it was first time ever that students were granted access to higher education in this refugee camp, or for that matter in most others.
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Italy: enough death in the Mediterranean, time for extraordinary measures
Rome, 3 October 2013 – Today's tragic death of more than 90 men, women and children trying to seek safety in Europe marks the umpteenth tragedy in the Mediterranean this year. The continued inaction by the Italian authorities and the European Union is unjustifiable.
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Kenya: the dream has finally become a reality
Kakuma, 27 September 2013 – The dream finally became a reality for 26 students as they graduated in a colourful ceremony in Kakuma refugee camp, in northwestern Kenya. It was the culmination of the students' dream after they had completed a pilot of the online three-year Diploma in Liberal Studies from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, USA.
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Kenya and Malawi: first graduation of university students sponsored by the Jesuit Refugee Service
Rome, 24 September 2013 – After years of planning and hard work in harsh conditions, the first group of 49 refugees sponsored by the Jesuit Refugee Service will graduate from university this week. The refugee graduates have been participants in an innovative online Diploma in Liberal Studies managed by the Jesuit Refugee Service and Jesuit Commons Higher Education at the Margins.
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Vatican: Pope Francis appeals for hospitality and justice during visit to Jesuit Refugee Service
Rome, 12 September 2013 – After his visit to Lampedusa, Pope Francis again made a call in favour of welcoming refugees at a visit to the soup kitchen of Centro Astalli (the Jesuit Refugee Service Italy).
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Italy: Pope Francis to break bread with Rome's refugees
Rome, 10 September 2013– Responding to an invitation by the Director of Centro Astalli (Jesuit Refugee Service in Italy), Pope Francis will make an official visit to the JRS Italy soup kitchen on Via degli Astalli in Rome today.
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Vatican: war is always a defeat for humanity
Vatican City, 9 September 2013 – Tens of thousands of people answered the call by Pope Francis for a cry for peace in Syria on Saturday, a call which was echoed by Christians and non-Christians alike in vigils around the world.
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Global: record-breaking progress as states race to eliminate the scourge of cluster bombs
Geneva, 4 September 2013 – Governments are making record-breaking progress as they race to fulfil the 2008 treaty banning cluster munitions, while Syria's use of this banned weapon has been widely condemned, according to Cluster Munition Monitor 2013, a global report released today in Geneva.
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Panama and Ecuador: Colombian refugees still living on the edge
Washington DC, 8 August 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service USA assistant director for policy Mary Small participated in a congressional briefing hosted by Congressman Sam Farr on 28 June. The briefing focused on the continued vulnerability of Colombian refugees in Ecuador and Panama.
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Cambodia: workshop promotes reconciliation in the lives of refugees
Siem Reap, 5 August 2013 – Although the issue of reconciliation has always been of concern to the Jesuit Refugee Service, in the past five years the organisation has begun mainstreaming reconciliation into all its work.
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Venezuela: Colombian campesinos displaced on the Catatumbo border
Zulia, 29 July 2013 – According to the JRS Venezuela team in the border town of Zulia more than 800 campesinos from the northeastern Colombian region of Catatumbo crossed the border seeking safety mid-July due to a resurgence of conflict a month earlier.
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Australia: Jesuit Refugee Service condemns new refugee policy
Sydney, 22 July 2013 – The Jesuit Refugee Service has condemned the Australian government's 'PNG Solution' and has called on the Prime Minister to disclose the true cost of this cruel and inhumane policy – the cost to the Australian taxpayer, and to the community of Papua New Guinea and the lives of those people seeking refuge in Australia.  
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