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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: 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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Global: 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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Angola: Responding to the emergency situation
Dundo, 9 June 2017 - The Jesuit Refugee Service and UNHCR are responding to the emergency situation in the province of Lunda Norte, Angola, providing support to thousands of Congolese fleeing violence in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Greece: Impossible choices
Athens, 7 June 2017 - For Zeinab, growing up in Sanandaj, Iran, a mid-sized city known as a centre of Kurdish culture, should have been an experience as normal as any other. But now Zeinab is living in a refugee camp in Athens, Greece, a country that hosts thousands of refugees Europe prefers to forget. 
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South Africa: Social workers accompany refugees through all
Johannesburg, 5 June 2017 - Marcelline, a health worker for the Jesuit Refugee Service in Johannesburg, gave me a warm and comforting smile before we headed out to visit a few of her clients.
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Colombia: The challenge of peacebuilding
Bogotá, 1 June 2017 - For 50 long years, armed groups have embroiled Colombia in conflict. During the most intense period from 1990 to 2004 – when, according to international standards, it reached the level of a "major armed conflict" – it affected practically the entire country.
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Angola: Thousands of refugees from DRC in urgent need of assistance
Dundo, 17 May 2017 - “The situation here is desperately urgent. Thousands of Congolese are fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo and seeking refuge in neighbouring Angola,” reports Tim Smith, JRS Regional Director of Southern Africa, from his visit to north east Angola.
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Iraq: Accompanying the Yazidis
Erbil, 11 May 2017 - April 19th was New Year’s Day for the Yazidis. It was a joy to meet with some of them in Sarsink in the Dohuk District of Iraq on that day, to greet them with a “Jajna ta Piroz”. Each family had a tray laden with several bowls filled with cookies, boiled eggs with their shells colourfully painted, candies, fruits, and for good measure, a packet of cigarettes too!
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Central African Republic: Serious concerns about the deteriorating security situation
Bangui, 3 May 2017 - The INGOs, members of the Coordination Committee, who are signatories of this note, express their serious concerns about the deteriorating security situation, as well as its impacts as regards human rights violations, humanitarian access to vulnerable populations, the upsurge in needs as well as their own resources and response capacities.
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South Sudan: In love with a displaced God
Maban, 5 April 2017 - I hail from Barcelona, Catalonia. I joined the Society of Jesus in 2000 with a deep desire to serve the poor. This initial impulse has been refined and purified from just serving to something deeper and more reciprocal, which is journeying with those at the margins of history and society. I have been privileged to be able to be with JRS for some years now. 
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USA: JRS welcomes David M. Robinson as new Executive Director
Washington, DC, 4 April 2017 - Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is pleased to announce that former Ambassador David (Rob) M. Robinson has been appointed executive director.
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International: announcing new Deputy Director, Fr Joseph Xavier SJ
Rome, 14 March 2017 - The Jesuit Refugee Service is pleased to present Fr Joseph Xavier SJ as the new International Deputy Director, starting February 2017. His wealth of experience in social justice research and his work advocating for those at the margins will be a great contribution to the Strategic Framework for the future of JRS.
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Voices of Faith Annual Storytelling Event in the Vatican
Vatican City, 28 February 2017 - The Voices of Faith storytelling event will take place on International Women’s Day, 8 March, at the Casina Pio IV in the heart of the Vatican. The event will showcase the important contributions that women of faith have already made and will continue to make in peacemaking and reconciliation efforts.
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Latin America: No more children in war
Bogotá, 23 February 2017 - The Jesuit Refugee Service, in its mission to "Accompany, serve and advocate for" the victims of forced displacement in Colombia and for refuge-seekers in Venezuela, Ecuador and Mexico, calls for a greater awareness of the alarming situation of children and young people in border areas and for guarantees from Governments that they will be duly protected from any involvement, recruitment and violence in these areas.
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Rome: Farewell to Fr Ken Gavin SJ
Rome, 22 February 2017 - Fr Ken Gavin SJ spent more than a decade of his life accompanying, serving, and advocating for refugees and the forcibly displaced. From 2003-2010 he served as the Regional Director of JRS USA and from 2011-2017 he worked at the JRS International Office as the Assistant International Director.
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Ethiopia: Keeping hope in the children
Mai Aini, 21 February 2017 – Osmaan* has spent his entire life building from the ground up. Born into a farming family in what used to be northern Ethiopia, he later moved to Sudan, working for American oil companies, digging to the depths of Sudan’s oil fields.
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Chad: Meet Country Director, Alberto Martin Huertas
N'Djamena, 17 February 2017 - 2017 is a huge challenge for JRS Chad, we are expanding our activities in primary education to five more refugee camps in Farchana and Oure Cassoni. At the same time, this year is going to be our first experience implementing a Child Protection program. It is a big challenge, with a lot of work to do, but we are very passionate and it shows the confidence that our donors have in us.
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Jordan: Love walking in the rain
Amman, 16 February 2017 - Amman, the capital of Jordan, is a wonderful city complete with history, tradition and modernity. Amman, however on a very cold and rainy day is not the most exciting place to be. Above all, since Amman is built on hills (jabal) and has several valleys (wadi), walking from one house to another, is certainly not something that one easily relishes.
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