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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.

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France: Pope Francis visits European Parliament
Berlin, Brussels, London, Paris, Rome, Valletta, 24 November 2014 – On the occasion of Pope Francis’s speech before the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 25 November, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) urges European countries to remain faithful to one of the fundamental values underpinning the European Union by showing concrete solidarity with migrants and refugees and ensuring fully-fledged joint search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.
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Australia: shutting the door in the face of a global humanitarian crisis
Rome, Yogyakarta, 21 November 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) observes with deep sadness yet another sudden retroactive change in Australian government policy towards people seeking international protection in southeast Asia. Yesterday, the government of Australia announced its decision to stop the resettlement of refugees who had registered with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Indonesia on or after the 1 July 2014. The number of refugees resettled by Australia from Indonesia will also be further reduced in 2015.
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Rome: Fr Nicolás encourages hospitality on the frontiers
Rome, 21 November 2014 – Yesterday, on the on thirty-fourth anniversary of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), more than 250 people gathered to hear Fr Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), discuss Hospitality on the Frontiers. In his discussion with the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr Federico Lombardi, Fr Nicolás encouraged governments and citizens to open their doors to refugees, recognising service to refugees as "Gospel hospitality in action."
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Democratic Republic of Congo: time to take strong measures to protect children from armed conflict
20 November 2014 – Twenty-five years after the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), ratified by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 1990, Child Soldiers International and the Jesuit Refugee Service remain concerned by widespread abuses committed against children by armed forces and armed groups. Although significant progress has been made to protect children from armed conflict in the DRC, there is still a long way to go to prevent the recruitment of children, improve assistance to former child soldiers, and end impunity.
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Fr Superior Nicolás and Fr Lombardi together to talk about refugees
Rome, 20 November 2014 – In commemoration of the 34th anniversary of the foundation of the Jesuit Refugee Service, Fr Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, will discuss the challenges of the reception of refugees with Fr Federico Lombardi, Director of the Press Office of the Holy See.
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Iraq: the Jesuit Refugee Service in Iraqi Kurdistan, winter imperils displaced families
Erbil, 11 November 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has established a project in Erbil, the capital of Iraq's Kuridstan region, to provide assistance to recently displaced people. Unprecedented numbers of families and individuals have been displaced across Iraq and Syria as the Islamic State has spread in recent months.
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South Sudan: humanitarian workers return to a glimmer of hope despite floods in Maban
Maban, 30 October 2014 — As the World Food Programme (WFP) flight evacuated 240 humanitarian workers from four camps in Upper Nile State, South Sudan, Pau Vidal SJ remembers looking down at a crowd of refugees congregated on the airstrip. The evacuation came after violence erupted in Maban county in August, killing five humanitarian workers and an unknown number of civilians.
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50 NGOs urge states at Berlin conference to protect civilians and refugees affected by the Syrian conflict
Rome, 28 October 2014 – Prior to today's conference on the Syrian crisis, chaired by the German government and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), a group of 50 national and international NGOs urge governments and NGOs act now to address the suffering of Syrians. Above all, the group added, the international community and influential states must prioritise forging a negotiated political solution to end the conflict in Syria.
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Emergencies and new conflicts leave the forcibly displaced hungry
Rome, 16 October 2014 – While forcibly displaced persons make up only a tiny portion of those suffering from chronic hunger and malnutrition, the rise in conflict-induced displacement is putting serious strains on the capacity of the international community to meet the basic food needs of those fleeing conflict. Nothing better illustrates the hardship faced by refugees and internally displaced persons than the on-going conflicts in Syria and South Sudan, and the protracted refugee crisis in Chad.
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Colombia: the voices of victims of conflict need be more than just heard
Bogota, 13 October 2014 – In response to ongoing dialogue between the Colombian government and left-wing guerrilla group, Las Farc, the Jesuit Refugee Service has urged the negotiating parties to take in account the needs of those affected by the conflict. The statement – presented at the National Victims Forum in Cali – called for assistance for victims, reparations, solutions to the displacement and preventative measures. JRS also urged receiving states to welcome refugees and offer them international protection, not forcibly return them to Colombia.
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Europe: Rescued – what next? Protection seekers stranded in Sicily
Brussels, 7 October 2014 – Interviews conducted with migrants stranded in southern Italy expose the failure of European reception systems to uphold principles of human dignity, hospitality and fairness, according to the findings of a new report by the Jesuit Refugee Service.
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Video: counselling services help refugees in Kakuma begin to heal
Washington DC, 6 October 2014 — One of the objectives of the Jesuit Refugee Service programmes in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya is to improve the psychological well-being of and the reduction of stress-related health problems of refugees at the camp.
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Malawi: a ticket to hope, graduation of online university students in Dzaleka refugee camp
Dzaleka, 6 October 2014 – Only a few years ago, the idea of offering higher education in refugee camps would have been considered almost inconceivable. Yet today the graduation ceremony in Dzaleka camp has become an annual event. This occasion, said Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) International Director, Peter Balleis SJ, was as a celebration of 'normality'.
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Syria: between fear of violence and the struggle to survive
Beirut, 3 October 2014 – The humanitarian crisis in two of the three principle cities in Syria has deteriorated dramatically in the last two months, according to Jesuit Refugee Service teams on the ground.
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Safe passage into Europe needed for refugees
Brussels, Rome, 2 October 2014 – A year after the tragic death of nearly 400 forced migrants – men, women, children – off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa, tens of thousands of lives have been saved. The details of how close the victims were to the coast spurred the Italian government to act. Proof, if any was needed, of how much can be done when states prioritise life above border security.
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Kenya: graduates celebrate past achievements and hopeful futures in Kakuma refugee camp
Kakuma, 29 September 2014 – A busy road in Kakuma refugee camp comes alive with shops selling vivacious Tanzanian fabrics, Ethiopian cafes serving espresso shots, families collecting remittances at Somali banks and a micro-version of a university campus offering online higher education to talented refugees.
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Middle East: protection of Syrian civilians must be world's priority
London, 24 September 2014 – Any further intervention in the Middle East must address the suffering of Syrian civilians, a global coalition of 39 leading human rights and humanitarian organisations said today. Ahead of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, the #WithSyria coalition – comprising Amnesty International, the Jesuit Refugee Service, Save the Children and other – urges world leaders, whoever they support in the conflict, to make clear that they are on the side of civilians.
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Pope Francis urges 'globalization of charity and cooperation' to aid migrants and refugees
Vatican, 24 September 2014 – "Jesus Christ is always waiting to be recognized in migrants and refugees, in displaced persons and in exiles, and through them he calls us to share our resources, and occasionally to give up something of our acquired riches," writes Pope Francis in his annual message ahead of the Jan. 18 World Day of Refugees and Migrants.
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USA: ban landmine use everywhere, Korea included
Washington DC, 23 September 2014 – Today's announcement by the United States that it will not use antipersonnel landmines anywhere in the world except on the Korean Peninsula is a positive step, but the geographic exception must be overcome if the US is to ever join the Mine Ban Treaty, said the US Campaign to Ban Landmines.
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Kenya/ Malawi: refugee graduates work, study and serve their communities
Rome, 22 September 2014 – For the second consecutive year, refugee students in camps in Kenya and Malawi will graduate from an online Liberal Arts Diploma programme managed by Jesuit Refugee Service and Jesuit Commons: Higher Education on the Margins (JC:HEM). JRS has found that most graduates are likely to find employment or continue their studies, and nearly all the students engage in service to their communities.
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Spain-Morocco: borders before people
Madrid, 2 September 2014 – A special report 'Lives at the Southern Borders' based on two fact-finding missions to the Spanish borders with Morocco, calls on the Spanish government and the European Union to put human rights before border security. The report and recommendations were submitted to the Spanish Ombudsman at the end of July.
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South Sudan: innocence suffers in conflict
Maban, 13 August 2014 — Alvar and I, the two new Jesuit members of the Jesuit Refugee Service team here, arrived in Maban (Upper Nile state) almost a month ago. More than 127,000 refugees from Sudan came here in late 2011 — early 2012, and are living in four very large camps in a precarious situation.
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JRS Australia urges regional response to forced migration
Kings Cross, 12 August 2014 – Jesuit Refugee Service says the need for cross-border and regional collaboration on refugees has never been greater, and Australia has the potential to play a leading role in the development of a regional response to forced migration in the Asia-Pacific region.
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International: Thomas Smolich SJ to become Jesuit Refugee Service Director in 2015
Rome, 29 July 2014 — As president of the Jesuit Conference of the United States for the last eight years, Tom Smolich SJ has traveled to the far corners of the world as the US Jesuit liaison to the global Society of Jesus. With his new assignment as the next international director of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), Fr Smolich will need to free up pages in his passport.
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