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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.

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

For all other inquiries, please call +39 06 689 77609

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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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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Global: Year-end letter from JRS International Director
Rome, 27 December 2017 – The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members. Mahatma Gandhi would not give our society high marks for its treatment of forcibly displaced people this year. But in the midst of xenophobia and closing borders, there is hope.
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Bangladesh: “I ask your forgiveness” says Pope Francis to Rohingya refugees
Dhaka, 4 December 2017 Pope Francis expressed his solidarity with the Rohingya people and asked for reconciliation last Friday after meeting 16 Rohingya refugees who fled persecution and are now living in the camps at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, the district bordering Myanmar.
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Global: JRS International Director speaks on peripheries in our cities
Rome, 30 November 2017 – Last week, the Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas welcomed Fr Thomas H Smolich SJ, the International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), for their final Vincent Pallotti Institute fall lecture.
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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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