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The Jesuit Refugee Service is a key source for those seeking information on the latest issues on forced displacement in the world. You 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 650,000 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.

For media inquiries or to arrange an interview, please contact our communications staff.

Global: Wider community protection for refugees
Taizé, 15 August 2018 – This year the Jesuit Refugee Service was invited to participate in an interfaith meeting and workshop series organised by the Taizé Community in Burgundy, France. JRS International Advocacy Officer, Amaya Valcarcel, reflects on her time at the meeting among such a diverse and welcoming community.
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Iraq: Remembering the Yazidi Genocide in Sinjar
Duhok, 3 August 2018 - Four years after the genocide of Yazidi people in the Sinjar/Shingal district of northern Iraq, hundreds of thousands of Yazidis are still displaced in camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. An estimated 100,000 fled to neighbouring countries and beyond in search of safety and a new beginning, while as many as 3,000 abducted Yazidis are still missing.
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Global: The Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus
Rome, 31 July 2018 – So much of the political rhetoric we hear about refugees is focused not on the greater but on the lesser. Refugees are painted as security threats, economic burdens, or cultural invaders; St Ignatius would tell us instead to act with the generosity of Jesus, who gave everything.
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Venezuela: Our mission
Caracas, July 23, 2018 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Venezuela is responding to the country’s ongoing humanitarian crisis. JRS Venezuela understands that protection mechanisms for Venezuelans must be constructed communally, weaving social and humanitarian issues into the same thread of intervention.
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Angola: 17 years later
Fr Thomas H. Smolich SJ, International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), reflects on his trip to Angola where he visited JRS projects in Viana and Dundo.
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Colombia: The challenges of Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis
Bogotá, 10 July 2018 – An estimated fifty thousand people cross the border between Venezuela and Colombia daily. As of December 2017, according to data from Colombia’s central immigration authority (Migración Colombia), over half a million Venezuelans have crossed into Colombia.
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USA: JRS Calls for Recognition of the Rights and Dignity of Children and Families Seeking Asylum
Washington, 27 June 2018 – JRS/USA urges the U.S. Government to take necessary action to ensure that asylum seekers arriving in the U.S. are not criminally punished for trying to seek protection.
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Global: Wishes for a joyful ‘Id al-Fitr
Rome, 15 June 2018 – On the occasion of ‘Id al-Fitr, the feast marking the end of the month of Ramadan, JRS joins our Muslim friends in thanking the Almighty for the blessings brought by this sacred time.
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Global: Call for applications for Education in Emergencies course
Rome, 13 June 2018 – Applications are open for this year’s edition of 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. This time the course will be held in Beirut from September 24-28.
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Europe: Secondary movements - Necessary result of a flawed system
Brussels, 11 June 2018 Ask any politician in Europe what a priority in the reform of the EU’s asylum system should be, and they will probably talk about preventing ‘secondary movements’.
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Myanmar: Conflict on the rise in Kachin State
Bangkok, 7 June 2018 – Since the beginning of this year, the conflict between the Burmese Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has intensified in many parts of Myanmar’s Kachin State.
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Colombia: Open letter on the situation of the Yukpa people in Cúcuta
Bogotá, 24 May 2018 - The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is deeply concerned by the situation confronting the Yukpa indigenous community in the city of Cúcuta. The physical security and psychological well-being of the community has come under increasing pressure recently, as a result of direct threats made against them. 
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Global: IDMC releases 2018 Global Report on Internal Displacement
Geneva, 21 May 2018 – On May 16th the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre launched its annual Global Report on Internal Displacement in London. The report notes that as of the end of 2017 there were 30.6 million people newly displaced in 143 countries around the world.
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Latin America: Civil society organisations demand a regional agreement for better protection of Venezuelan migrants
Santo Domingo, 16 May 2018 – Civil society organisations, including JRS LAC and JRS Colombia, held an audience before the IACHR to request better assistance for states in the region to address the Venezuelan migrant crisis.
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Australia: Joint statement on SRSS income cuts for asylum seekers
Sydney, 4 May 2018 – JRS Australia, Jesuit Social Services, and CAPSA recently released a joint statement on the Australian government’s intent to reduce access to SRSS for people seeking asylum in Australia.
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Asia Pacific: JRS welcomes new Regional Director
Bangkok, 27 April 2018 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is pleased to announce that Mr Louie Bacomo has been appointed as the new Regional Director of JRS Asia Pacific. Mr Bacomo will assume the role on the 1st of June 2018, following the end of the term of Fr Bambang A. Sipayung SJ as Regional Director.
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United Kingdom: Windrush scandal shows hostile environment must end
London, 20 April 2018 - Responding to the news that the Government has bowed to media pressure and reversed its mistreatment of Windrush-era citizens, JRS UK has called on the Home Secretary to abandon its hostile environment agenda altogether.
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Global: Gaudete et Exsultate - On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World
Rome, 13 April 2018 – JRS welcomes the newly-released Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, Gaudete et Exsultate, “Rejoice and be glad.”
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Global: JRS Easter Message
Rome, 1 April 2018 – This Easter we pray that the stone of hatred and fear may be rolled away from our hearts, so that the hope may be kindled anew in communities that are ravaged by violence, and among people who have known only rejection and exclusion.
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Global: Living in communion with refugees this Holy Week
Rome, 27 March 2018 – Christians seek in Holy Week to deepen their knowledge of Jesus. Through word and ritual, in prayer and fasting, we seek to know Jesus, and the meaning of his life and death, more intimately.
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Europe: The magic trick of the EU-Turkey deal
Brussels, 24 March 2018 – This week signals the so-called EU-Turkey deal’s second year of existence. European States and EU institutions present this agreement as an achievement that dramatically, and almost magically, reduced the number of forced migrants arriving in Europe each day.
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Global: JRS reacts to the first draft of the Global Compact on Refugees
Rome, 20 March 2018 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and 15 other NGOs have jointly released a reaction statement on the first draft of a Global Compact on Refugees, issued by the UNHCR on 9 March 2018.
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Middle East: Statement on the situation in Syria today
7 March 2018 – The situation in Syria, particularly in and around Damascus, remains critical. On 24 February the UN Security Council unanimously agreed to a 30-day ceasefire in Syria; however, there have been constant violations of the ceasefire.
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Global: Refugee women join in storytelling for annual Voices of Faith event
Rome, 5 March 2018 – Speakers and panellists will gather in Rome on International Women’s Day (Thursday, 8 March) at the annual Voices of Faith storytelling event to share stories and discuss this year’s theme ‘why women matter’.
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Spain: Refugee Bethlehem at ICAI
Madrid, 30 January 2018 – Last December, the Industrial Engineering School (ICAI) at Comillas University, a Jesuit university in Spain with more than a century of history, inaugurated a refugee nativity scene.
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