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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.

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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International: Thomas Smolich SJ to become Jesuit Refugee Service Director in 2015
Rome, 29 July 2014 — As president of the Jesuit Conference of the United States for the last eight years, Tom Smolich SJ has traveled to the far corners of the world as the US Jesuit liaison to the global Society of Jesus. With his new assignment as the next international director of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), Fr Smolich will need to free up pages in his passport.
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Jesuit Refugee Service works to secure release of Afghanistan director
Rome, 7 July 2014 – This past week marked a month's time since Fr Alexis Prem Kumar SJ, Jesuit Refugee Service Afghanistan Director, was abducted by a group of armed men from a JRS-sponsored school in Sohadat, a government township for returnee families, 35 km from Herat city in western Afghanistan. This past month has been a painful time for Prem's family, his Jesuit confreres across the world, and for all of us in JRS. Although we still have not heard from him or his captors, we live in hope. All the information we have continues to suggest that he is alive and he remains in Afghanistan.
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World Refugee Day statement: finding safe spaces together
Rome, 20 June 2014 – Today on World Refugee Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service commemorates the courage and endurance of the millions of people forced to flee their homes, and the many who welcome them into their communities. In the last 12 months, the numbers of people displaced due to conflict – more than two-thirds from Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic – and human rights abuses have reached 50 million. Mass displacement is at a 20 year high, on a scale not seen since the wars in former Yugoslavia.
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Afghanistan: Jesuit Refugee Service director kidnapped 34km from Herat city
Rome, 3 June 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service confirms that on Monday afternoon its country director, Alexis Prem Kumar SJ, was abducted by a group of unidentified men in western Afghanistan.
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Vatican City: end sexual violence in conflict
Rome, 28 May 2014 – On Tuesday 3 June at 12 noon (Rome time), Vatican Radio English, in cooperation with the British Embassy to the Holy See, will host a studio discussion: "End Sexual Violence in Conflict: #TimeToAct".
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Europe: time to put words into action
Brussels, 13 May 2014 – A boat carrying 400 migrants sank off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa earlier this week. Current reports estimate that up to 40 persons may have died with many more reported missing.
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Australia: government has breached its legal responsibilities towards refugees
Sydney, 8 May 2014 -- The Australian government has breached its legal responsibility towards refugees and committed grave ethical blunders in its application of offshore processing procedures, according to the Jesuit Refugee Service Australia (JRS).
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Draft law will not keep conflict resources out of Europe, campaigners warn
London, 5 March 2014 – A law proposed by the European Commission on responsible sourcing of minerals is not strong enough to prevent European companies' mineral purchases from financing conflict or human rights abuses, and falls far short of expectations, campaigners said today.
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Asia Pacific: losing perspective in the search for simple solutions
Sydney, 16 July 2013 – The Jesuit Refugee Service has welcomed the recent visit to Indonesia by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as part of the 2013 leadership meeting between the two countries on 5 July. JRS also commends President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's proposal for Indonesia to host a regional summit on irregular movement of people in the region.
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Malta: commit to ensuring respect for human life
Valletta, 5 July 2013 – Returning forced migrants to Libya or failing to rescue them from sinking boats would put them at serious risk of inhuman and degrading treatment and could threaten their very lives.
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Europe: new entry point to the EU, new gaps in asylum protection
Brussels, 26 June 2013 – The accession of Croatia to the European Union next week will severely test how the EU asylum system can cope with the expansion of its borders, says new Jesuit Refugee Service report.
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Democratic Republic of Congo: child protection must be prioritised by the Intervention Brigade
London, 25 June 2013 – The imminent deployment of a UN "Intervention Brigade" in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) presents new opportunities to strengthen the protection of children against recruitment and prevent their use in hostilities. These opportunities should be identified and seized by the United Nations and the Congolese government as soon as possible.
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Global: hospitality, not an option for healthy communities
Rome, 20 June 2013 – Hospitality is a deeply human value, recognising everyone's individual claim to be welcomed and respected. Yet this welcome also needs to be practical – in terms of food, shelter and education – helping refugees actively contribute to their host communities.
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Refugees, fragmented lives

World Refugee Day 2013 – press release

Rome, 18 June 2013 – After Syrian father, Abu Feras, whose eldest son was killed in crossfire, decided to bring the rest of his children and nieces to Naameh, Lebanon: "all I want for the future is to be able to go home safely with my children". This and other experiences of refugees and asylum seekers, forced to flee war, persecution and other human rights violations are told in the photo exhibition, Sanctuary and Sustenance, inaugurated this evening in the Church of Gesù by the Jesuit Refugee Service in commemoration of World Refugee Day on Thursday.
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World Refugee Day 2013, Sanctuary and Sustenance, hospitality in emergency
14 June 2013 – Commemorating this World Refugee Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service will organise a series of events illustrating difficulties facing and the resilience of refugees from some of the world's greatest crises in 2013.
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UNHCR-Jesuit agreement enhances access to higher education for the forcibly displaced
Rome, 11 April 2013 – The UN refugee agency and the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), through its partner Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins initiative (JC:HEM), have signed an agreement to enhance higher education opportunities for refugees and other forcibly displaced people through online and on-site courses.
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