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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: Pope’s Message for the 51st World Day of Peace
Vatican City, 24 November 2017 – Today, the Vatican published Pope Francis’s message for World Peace Day 2018, which will be celebrated 1 January 2018.
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Global: The legacy of Fr Arrupe in today’s crisis of solidarity
Rome, 14 November 2017 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) was founded by Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ on 14 November 1980 in response to the plight of Vietnamese people seeking to escape their homeland by boat, and also to aid refugees fleeing Ethiopia, Somalia, Cambodia, and Laos.
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Global: Education in Emergencies course co-hosted with Fordham University
Rome, 10 November 2017 – With close to 30 million children living in conflict-affected countries, and hundreds of thousands of families displaced by natural disasters, education in times of crisis and conflict is fundamental to achieving the goal of universal education.
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Ethiopia: JRS inaugurates its Child Protection Centre
Addis Ababa, 6 November 2017 – Last week JRS officially inaugurated its Child Protection Centre in Addis Ababa. The centre is the first of its kind and has been operating since July. It provides a comprehensive child protection response to unaccompanied and vulnerable refugee children through various activities.
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Greece: Asylum seekers in abysmal conditions on islands
Athens, 24 October 2017 – Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras should end the Greek government’s “containment policy” of confining asylum seekers to the Aegean islands, 19 human rights and humanitarian aid organisations said in an open letter released 23 October.
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Global: Symposium on religion and refugees in Europe
Rome, 17 October 2017 – A symposium called Religion and Responses to Migrants and Refugees in Europe: The Catholic Church in Comparative Perspective took place in Rome between 12 and 14 October. It was organized by the University of Notre Dame, together with the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.
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Bangladesh: Responding to the plight of the Rohingya
Dhaka, 11 October 2017 – The JRS Deputy International Director, Fr Joseph Xavier SJ, is currently evaluating opportunities to support Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, where over 500,000 people have fled violence in the Rakhine State of Myanmar since August 2017.
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Global: JRS releases its 2016 International Annual Report
Rome, 3 October 2017 – According to figures published in the latest annual report, the Jesuit Refugee Service reached more than 733,400 refugees and forcibly displaced people in 2016, operating in 51 countries worldwide, a slight increase compared to the previous year.
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USA: JRS recognized with the Anne Frank Award
Washington DC, 18 September 2017 - The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands recognized JRS USA with the Anne Frank Award. The award is given to an American person or organization who has demonstrated a body of work which confronts intolerance, anti Semitism, racism or discrimination, while upholding freedom and equal rights.
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Central African Republic: Condemnation of violence against humanitarian aid workers
Bangui, 15 September 2017 - 28,000 people are without humanitarian aid as a result of unprecedented violence against aid workers in Batangafo (CAR).
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Cameroon: The journey of faith of a Jesuit scholastic
Batouri, 7 September 2017 - “I’ve learned a lot, and deepened my faith” says Jeevan James, Jesuit scholastic from Karnataka Province, India, about his experience in Cameroon with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).
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Canada: Fear of refugees and refugee claimants
Montréal, 5 September 2017 - The present situation invites us to return to the foundation of our common humanity and to the essential links of solidarity that create societal ties.
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Latin America: Regional declaration regarding the situation of the Venezuelan migrant population
Bogota, 28 August 2017 - Venezuela is now experiencing one of the most difficult moments in its recent history, not only politically, but also economically, and socially.
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Eastern Africa: A call to action for the Horn of Africa
Nairobi, 24 August 2017 - JRS Eastern Africa and other international organisations have signed a joint letter urging to fully fund education in humanitarian appeals in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.
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Global: Pope's message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2018
Vatican City, 22 August 2017 - Pope Francis' message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees was released by the Vatican yesterday.
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Joint Statement on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
28 July 2017 - On the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons we would like to remind the international community of the crime of human trafficking, which affects every country. People are trafficked within local settings as well as across international borders for domestic servitude, sexual and labour exploitation, begging, forced marriage, organ removal, surrogate wombs and criminal acts.
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Global: Applications are open for Education in Emergencies course
Rome, 20 July 2017 - Applications are open for the Education in Emergencies course, organised and co-hosted by the Jesuit Refugee Service and the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University.
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Europe: Director of JRS South-East Europe to be awarded by the European Parliament
Zagreb, 13 July 2017 - The head of the Jesuit Refugee Service in South-East Europe, Tvrtko Barun SJ, is one of the winners of this year's European Citizen's Prize.
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Iraq: Focusing on the forgotten refugee
Dohuk, 10 July 2017 - JRS was already present in Iraq in the Erbil area since 2014, and decided to expand its intervention to the north, in the Duhok province, last year where the needs were great. 
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Syria: Despite heat and continued violence, work continues
Aleppo, 6 July 2017 - Syria continues to heat up: literally and figuratively. With daytime temperatures this past week soaring to between 40 and 45 degrees Celsius in most parts of the country, it's been a tough few days for many. In addition to the heat, the shortage of electricity and water add to the suffering, although there have been official efforts to improve the situation on this front.
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Europe: spotlight on refugee integration - video campaign
28 June 2017, Brussels – As part of the ‘I Get You’ campaign, JRS Europe mapped 315 grassroots refugee initiatives across 9 EU countries. Now, for Refugee Day, we proudly launch 9 campaign videos that put some of these projects into focus.
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Lebanon: JRS International Director visits for World Refugee Day
Baalbek, 22 June 2017 - While visiting JRS projects in Middle East, Fr Thomas H Smolich SJ, JRS International Director, celebrated World Refugee Day with the staff and the students of the JRS-run schools in Baalbek, Lebanon. Read his interview. 
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Welcome, protect, promote, integrate: the Eucharist and the refugee
Vatican, 20 June 2017 - Pope Francis chose the Feast of Corpus Christi last Sunday to speak again about his concerns for refugees, as the United Nations' World Day for Refugees comes around on 20th June. After praying the Angelus he asked the world to listen to the stories of grief and hope told by refugees: it is in these personal encounters that fear and distorted ideologies are banished, and bridges built. 
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Joint ecumenical statement for World Refugee Day 2017
Vatican, 20 June 2017 - To mark World Refugee Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service partners with many other Catholic organisations to call for the world to build bridges of solidarity with our refugee sisters and brothers, not walls.
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Syria: What if I had to flee?
Rome, 12 June 2017 - Prior to the conflict, my family and I were involved in private businesses including a printing house, a woven label factory, agricultural products manufacturing, and clothing. When the crisis started in 2012, I decided I needed to do something.
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