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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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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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South Africa: JRS hosts U.S. State Department officials
Johannesburg, November 11, 2016 — Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, visited Jesuit Refugee Service South Africa's Urban Refugee Program November 1, to listen to and learn about the challenges faced by vulnerable refugees — survivors of SGBV and refugees from the LGBTI community.
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Australia: Stopping the Boats Part 4 - Who is my neighbour?
Sydney, 10 November 2016 - “We decide who is coming here.” Malcolm Turnbull must have been hoping to gain both the conservative chops and the electoral success of former Prime Minister John Howard when he uttered these words in defence of his plans to ban asylum seekers who have arrived in Australia on boats from ever entering Australia. 
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Rome: JRS staff meet with new Father General, Fr Arturo Sosa SJ
Rome, 9 November 2016 - On Wednesday, November 2nd, in the aula of the General Congregation, Fr. Arturo Sosa wanted to meet with the lay people who work in the General Curia of the Society of Jesus. 
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Venezuela: Colombian women contributing to the dialogue for peace
El Nula, 7 November 2016 – Women and girls are among the most vulnerable in Colombia due to widespread violence caused by decades of conflict. Young girls are exposed to armed recruitment, while women often find themselves on their own to sustain a family. With the lack of opportunity, they are likely to fall victim to exploitation, including prostitution and human trafficking.
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Global: JRS supports Pope Francis' prayer intention for countries receiving refugees
Rome, 4 November 2016 - The November edition of The Pope Video, produced by The Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network and supported by the Jesuit Refugee Service, concerns refugees and forced migration with a specific focus on solidarity with countries that are receiving the most refugees.
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Australia: JRS condemns lifetime ban for refugees arriving by boat
Sydney, 2 November 2016 - Jesuit Refugee Service Australia (JRS) condemns Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's announcement that people arriving by boat to seek asylum in Australia, and currently held in Nauru and Papua New Guinea, would be banned for life from entering Australia.
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Romania: JRS helps Iraqi refugee find treatment and hope
Bucharest, 24 October 2016 - Mohamad is an Iraqi teenager who took refuge in Romania in 2014 when he was 15 years old. He had to flee because of protracted conflict in his home country that persists to this day, according to reports in the international press. During an attack, his parents were killed in front of him. Mohamad was shot in the legs but the surgery performed in poor conditions at a hospital in Iraq managed to worsen the situation of his wound.
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Europe: JRS Eastern Africa on Europe’s role in migration, development and social justice
Berlin, 20 October 2016 – Beyond the so-called "refugee crisis" in Europe, countries bordering conflict around the world are under increasing pressure to care for people on the move. Attempts by policymakers to respond to refugees in a coordinated and dignified way have never been more important in order to ensure that the rights refugees are upheld.
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Europe: Outsourcing responsibilities on refugee protection
Berlin, 18 October 2016 – JRS Europe as one of 90 member organisations of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), endorses and shares the following statement issued during ECRE’s general assembly in Berlin.
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Australia: Stopping the Boats Part 3 - Why resettlement is not a solution
Sydney, 13 October 2016- Every minute of every day in 2015, around 24 people were displaced from their homes. That amounted to 34,000 people per day, worldwide, who were forced to seek refuge elsewhere. These large numbers of newly displaced persons further swelled the 16.1 million refugees in the world who, according to the UN Agency for Refugees (UNHCR), were already displaced.
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Europe: I Get You campaign mapping refugee initiatives
Brussels, 12 October 2016 – Since being launched on 20 April this year, the ‘I Get You’ campaign has mapped almost 300 refugee initiatives in the nine European countries taking part: Belgium, Croatia, France, Malta, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Romania and Spain.
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