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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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USA: Robert Plant joins 'Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees'
Washington DC, 28 September 1016 - Robert Plant has confirmed that he will join Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, The Milk Carton Kids, and more for select dates on the Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees tour in October.
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Global: Jesuits to hold worldwide meeting to elect new Father General
Rome, 27 September 27 2016 - The Society of Jesus (Jesuits), the largest order of priests and brothers in the Roman Catholic Church, will hold the first plenary session of General Congregation 36 in Rome on October 3. The supreme governing body of the Jesuit order, a General Congregation has only happened 35 times since the Society was founded in 1540 by St. Ignatius of Loyola.
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Global: An inter-religious statement on behalf of forced migrants
Rome, 21 September 2016 - The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and the Religious Islamic Community of Italy (COREIS), European partner of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), stand in solidarity to call upon all governments, religious institutions, and people of good-will to work together in tackling the root causes of forced migration.
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Vatican: Pope Francis discusses the intersection of Jesuit education and serving refugees
Vatican, 19 September 2016 - On 17 September 2016, Pope Francis addressed members of the European Confederation and the World Union of Jesuit Alumni and Alumnae as a part of the three day event, European Encounters of Jesuit Alumni "Global Migration and Refugee Crisis: Time to Contemplate and Act". During the address, Maiga, a friend of JRS, presented Pope Francis with a painting created by Mefin, an Eritrean refugee in an Ethiopian camp.
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Global: One Human Family, One Voice, No Human Trafficking
Abuja, 16 September 2016 - The Jesuit Refugee Service stands with Catholic organizations and faith leaders from around the world to condemn modern day slavery in all its forms. Following the call of the 2014 declaration of Pope Francis and other faith leaders on eradicating modern slavery by 2020, hundreds of Catholic activists came together in Abuja, Nigeria this month to reaffirm and commit to collaboration and common action aiming atpreventing and eradicating the scourge of human trafficking and exploitation of human beings and upholding human dignity.
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Global: JRS and the European Confederation of Jesuit Alumni reflect on the global migration and refugee situation
Rome, 14 September 2016 – On Friday 16th of September, at 11:30 a.m., at LUMSA University, Fr Thomas H Smolich SJ, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) International Director, will speak at the European Encounters of Jesuit Alumni "Global Migration and Refugee Crisis: Time to Contemplate and Act", hosted by the European Confederation of Jesuit Alumni (ECJA), and supported by the World Union of Jesuit Alumni (WUJA).
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USA: Concert tour will benefit refugee education
Washington, DC, 12 September, 2016 - Five of America’s most popular musical acts are coming together for an 11-stop concert tour this fall to raise awareness of the unprecedented worldwide refugee crisis. Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees will be headlined in North America by Grammy Award-winning artists Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, and The Milk Carton Kids.
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Global: JRS and Caritas Internationalis respond to UN Summit Outcome Document
Our organisations welcome the outcome document to be adopted on 19 September 2016 as an important step towards the global governance of migration and development. We have long called for a people-centred, human rights and dignity approach to internal and international migrants and refugees. We welcome the focus on respecting the rights of all migrants and a shared responsibility for refugee reception.
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USA: Refugee summits must provide access to education for all displaced children
Washington DC, 8 September 2016 —The Global Campaign for Education – US, a broad-based coalition of more than 80 members, including Jesuit refugee Service/USA, dedicated to ensuring universal quality education for all children, urges the United Nations, the U.S. Government and world leaders to accelerate progress towards universal access to education for displaced children.
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Ethiopia: Refugees create global conversations with art
Mai Aini, 6 September 2016 – Between two mountain ranges in northern Ethiopia, dozens of young Eritrean refugees are splattered in paint. They spend their days expressing their longing for lost loved ones, traumatic memories of persecution and stories of family and friends who have taken perilous journeys across deserts and seas in symbolic artwork.
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Kenya: helping staff and refugees self-heal from trauma
26 August 2016, Nairobi – For communities living in conflict, cycles of violence pervade their everyday lives. For many refugees, escaping that trauma and healing psychological scars are incredibly difficult, but are just as important as securing food, medicines and a safe place to stay.
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Australia: JRS urges closing off shore processing centres on Nauru and Manus islands
Kings Cross, NSW, August 12, 2016 — Jesuit Refugee Service Australia urges the Prime Minister to exercise moral and political leadership by immediately closing the offshore processing centres on Nauru and Manus Island.
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Uganda: sketches, colours, patterns, and a new life
Kampala, 1 August 2016 – As a young girl, Agnes fled a notorious Ugandan rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army, but through educational opportunities she was able to pursue her passion for fashion. She now gives back to refugees as the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) fashion and design teacher in Kampala – where they work to be self-reliant.
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South Sudan: Violence Fuels Humanitarian Crisis
Juba, 28 July, 2016 – South Sudan faces a spiralling humanitarian crisis as the recent surge in fighting prevents aid agencies from providing urgent help to millions of people in need. Violence and insecurity continue in Juba and are spreading to other states despite a fragile ceasefire in a country where half the population relies on humanitarian aid, ten aid agencies warned today.
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A fragile South Sudan threatens the lives, health, homes and education of millions
Nairobi, 28 July 2016 – The Jesuit Refugee Service is deeply concerned of the fragile state of affairs in South Sudan after fighting re-erupted and killed nearly 300 civilians in the capital Juba more than two weeks ago.
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Ethiopia: dancers bring rhythm to their lives in exile
Mai Aini, 20 July 2016 – Luwam was once at the centre of her nation's spotlight. In Asmara, as a member of the national dance team, she performed for government officials and her fellow citizens at national celebrations, receiving cheers and accolades for her captivating talent.
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Rome: the Jesuit Refugee Service International presents its 2015 Annual Report
Rome, 8 July 2016 – In 2015, the Jesuit Refugee Service reaffirmed its commitment to education with the Global Education Initiative and the launch of the Mercy in Motion campaign. Last year, JRS served 724,551 people, 141,333 through education projects. Recognising education is a concrete and durable solution to build more resilient communities, JRS aims to increase this number by 100,000 people by 2020.
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Uganda: a rising rap star advocates for a welcoming world
Kampala, 8 July 2016 - As a teenager, Alino dreamed of being a hip hop artist in Congo, where music is the pulse of the country. But like many young people, family demands and expectations that Alino pursue a more stable career put his dreams on hold while he studied petroleum chemistry in a prestigious Congolese university. Never did Alino think that he'd be a rising rap star, and never did he dream it would be while living in exile in Kampala, Uganda.
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Europe: over 125 civil society actors call the EU to tackle conflict minerals
Rome, 14 June 2015 -- Minerals are key components in many everyday products, from mobile phones, laptops, and jewellery, to cars and light bulbs. Civil society organisations have been documenting the links between minerals and these abuses for years, from their role in funding violent armed groups to the use of child labour in mines. It is time for EU governments to take effective legislative action to ensure companies source minerals responsibly, transparently and sustainably.
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Restrictive EU migration policies force desperate people to take deadly routes
Brussels, 8 June 2016 -- While interior ministers meet tomorrow to discuss EU migration policies, people trying to reach the safety of Europe continue to die en route. Caritas Europa and Jesuit Refugee Service Europe calls on European leaders to alter its restrictive approach to migration.
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Europe: safe and humane channels needed
Brussels, 31 May 2016 – According to the UN refugee agency at least 880 forced migrants have perished in a series of shipwrecks on the central Mediterranean over the last week. JRS unequivocally calls upon national and supranational policymakers to use all the means at their disposal to create safe and humane passages for people in need of protection.
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JRS welcomes Education Cannot Wait fund
Rome and Washington DC, 24 May 2016 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is gratified the international community made a commitment to education Monday at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. The Education Cannot Wait fund follows on the heels of the JRS Global Education Initiative launched last December.
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Education is a life-saving intervention for refugees
Washington, DC, 19 May 2016 -- In the new report Providing Hope, Investing in the Future: Education in Emergencies & Protracted Crises, the Jesuit Refugee Service confirms that education is a life-saving intervention for children and adolescents who are forcibly displaced from their homes. JRS organises educational and recreational activities to heal trauma, promote human dignity, and build skills.
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NGOs urge government of Kenya to reconsider intended closure of refugee camps
Nairobi, 10 May 2016 -- Despite  huge economic and social pressure, Kenya continues to host close to 600,000 refugees and asylum seekers from neighbouring countries. Fifty-six percent of this current refugee population in Kenya comprises women, children and youth who are particularly vulnerable to exploitation and abuse while in displacement. However, JRS and other NGOs worry that the recent position assumed by the government of Kenya, which disbands the Department of Refugee Affairs and indicates that this will be followed by the closure of Dadaab and Kakuma camps, will have unfortunate, far-reaching implications for the thousands of refugees and asylum seekers who have called Kenya a place of refuge.
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Syria: JRS condemns every form of violence
Beirut, 3 May 2016 – Jesuit Refugee Service is unequivocal in condemning every form of violence- and particularly violence on civilian populations. Nonviolence, we believe, is the ONLY way for a sustainable and universal peace.
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