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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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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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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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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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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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Global: An inter-religious statement on behalf of forced migrants
Rome, 21 September 2016 - The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and the Religious Islamic Community of Italy (COREIS), European partner of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), stand in solidarity to call upon all governments, religious institutions, and people of good-will to work together in tackling the root causes of forced migration.
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Global: One Human Family, One Voice, No Human Trafficking
Abuja, 16 September 2016 - The Jesuit Refugee Service stands with Catholic organizations and faith leaders from around the world to condemn modern day slavery in all its forms. Following the call of the 2014 declaration of Pope Francis and other faith leaders on eradicating modern slavery by 2020, hundreds of Catholic activists came together in Abuja, Nigeria this month to reaffirm and commit to collaboration and common action aiming atpreventing and eradicating the scourge of human trafficking and exploitation of human beings and upholding human dignity.
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Global: JRS and the European Confederation of Jesuit Alumni reflect on the global migration and refugee situation
Rome, 14 September 2016 – On Friday 16th of September, at 11:30 a.m., at LUMSA University, Fr Thomas H Smolich SJ, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) International Director, will speak at the European Encounters of Jesuit Alumni "Global Migration and Refugee Crisis: Time to Contemplate and Act", hosted by the European Confederation of Jesuit Alumni (ECJA), and supported by the World Union of Jesuit Alumni (WUJA).
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Global: JRS and Caritas Internationalis respond to UN Summit Outcome Document
Our organisations welcome the outcome document to be adopted on 19 September 2016 as an important step towards the global governance of migration and development. We have long called for a people-centred, human rights and dignity approach to internal and international migrants and refugees. We welcome the focus on respecting the rights of all migrants and a shared responsibility for refugee reception.
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Restrictive EU migration policies force desperate people to take deadly routes
Brussels, 8 June 2016 -- While interior ministers meet tomorrow to discuss EU migration policies, people trying to reach the safety of Europe continue to die en route. Caritas Europa and Jesuit Refugee Service Europe calls on European leaders to alter its restrictive approach to migration.
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JRS welcomes Education Cannot Wait fund
Rome and Washington DC, 24 May 2016 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is gratified the international community made a commitment to education Monday at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. The Education Cannot Wait fund follows on the heels of the JRS Global Education Initiative launched last December.
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Education is a life-saving intervention for refugees
Washington, DC, 19 May 2016 -- In the new report Providing Hope, Investing in the Future: Education in Emergencies & Protracted Crises, the Jesuit Refugee Service confirms that education is a life-saving intervention for children and adolescents who are forcibly displaced from their homes. JRS organises educational and recreational activities to heal trauma, promote human dignity, and build skills.
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NGOs urge government of Kenya to reconsider intended closure of refugee camps
Nairobi, 10 May 2016 -- Despite  huge economic and social pressure, Kenya continues to host close to 600,000 refugees and asylum seekers from neighbouring countries. Fifty-six percent of this current refugee population in Kenya comprises women, children and youth who are particularly vulnerable to exploitation and abuse while in displacement. However, JRS and other NGOs worry that the recent position assumed by the government of Kenya, which disbands the Department of Refugee Affairs and indicates that this will be followed by the closure of Dadaab and Kakuma camps, will have unfortunate, far-reaching implications for the thousands of refugees and asylum seekers who have called Kenya a place of refuge.
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Syria: JRS condemns every form of violence
Beirut, 3 May 2016 – Jesuit Refugee Service is unequivocal in condemning every form of violence- and particularly violence on civilian populations. Nonviolence, we believe, is the ONLY way for a sustainable and universal peace.
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Greece: Pope to visit Lesbos, a symbol of hope for refugees
Rome, 12 April 2016 – At a time when hundreds of thousands are risking their lives trying to reach safety in Europe, the Jesuit Refugee Service is very pleased that Pope Francis will visit the Greek island of Lesbos, a major transit point, this Saturday, 16 April, to confront the emergency situation of refugees and the need for international solidarity among governmental and non-governmental actors head on.
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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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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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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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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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Stop refugee deaths: yes we can
Brussels, 31 August 2015 – With no alternatives, people fleeing war and oppression try to reach safety in Europe at any cost. All too often they die. Stopping such tragedies is entirely achievable. Now is the time to introduce a European humanitarian visa.
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United States: legal challenges facing Central American migrants
Washington, DC, 22 June 2015 – In recognition of World Refugee Day on 20 June, the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and 13 Jesuit law schools announce A Fair Chance for Due Process: Challenges in Legal Protection for Central American Asylum Seekers and Other Vulnerable Migrants. The report highlights Jesuit law school efforts to assist Central Americans in need, and challenges faced in delivering these services.
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World Refugee Day: push forward, not back
Rome, 15 June 2015 – For World Refugee Day this weekend, the Jesuit Refugee Service urges you to remember that the key to change is within each of us. While governments decide to accept or reject refugees, only we have the power to truly welcome them. We must change our fixed view of refugees as 'the other.'
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Malta: No Giving Up! Stories of unfinished journeys
Valetta, 18 May 2015 – No Giving Up, a publication launched by JRS Malta last week at an event at San Anton Palace under the patronage of her Excellency Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, recounts the experience of six Somali women who are seeking asylum in Malta.
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Europe: opportunity to prioritise saving lives lost
Rome, Brussels, 24 April 2015 – The EU has yet again failed to prioritise saving the lives of people fleeing conflict and persecution. The Jesuit Refugee Service sincerely hopes last night's European Council decision to increase resources to Frontex will lead to improved 'search and rescue' of forced migrants crossing the Mediterranean. But JRS fears the consequences of the raft of measures designed to prevent forced migrants from gaining access to the protection they are so desperately seeking.
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