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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.

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United Kingdom: immigration detention is 'expensive, ineffective and unjust' parliamentary report says
London, 3 March 2015 – A landmark report published today by a British cross-party parliamentary group concludes that immigration detention in the UK is 'expensive, ineffective and unjust.' The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) supports the findings of the report and calls for its key recommendations to be followed. Alternatives to detention must be used, and a maximum detention time limit of 28-days would greatly reduce human suffering.
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Global: 48 organisations endorse a joint statement for the World Humanitarian Summit
Rome, 2 March 2015 – Together with organisations such as Christian Aid, Caritas International, the Islamic Relief Worldwide, and the International Rescue Committee, the Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS) calls on humanitarian actors and states in conflict regions to "re-affirm their commitment to respect and to promote the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence, towards any stakeholders involved in humanitarian crises."
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Afghanistan: Indian Jesuit released after eight months in captivity
Rome, 22 February 2015 – After more than eight months in captivity, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is delighted by the announcement of the release of Fr Alexis Prem Kumar. JRS is immensely grateful to the Indian government for its role in achieving his release.
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South Sudan: strangers in our own land
Nairobi, 20 February 2015 – As South Sudanese leaders begin talks in Addis Ababa to discuss the establishment of a power-sharing agreement, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) urges them, on World Social Justice Day today, to prioritise the immediate preservation of human life and dignity in the country.
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Australia: disturbing report on child detention presents opportunity for change
Kings Cross, 12 February 2015 – The latest report on asylum-seeking children in detention demonstrates the extreme failure of the Australian government's refugee policy. However, this presents an opportunity to implement long-overdue changes, according to the Jesuit Refugee Service.
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Italy: another tragedy, Europe must act
Rome, Brussels, 11 February 2015 – About 300 people have drowned as their rubber dinghies sank in the Mediterranean between Libya and Lampedusa, Italy. This latest tragedy is a twofold demonstration of the failure of European border policy. Not only have European states not taken the necessary measures to save lives in the Mediterranean, they have established a series of 'legal' obstacles for those fleeing intensifying conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa.
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Kenya: bicycles facilitate counselling in Kakuma camp
Rome, 9 February 2015 – Kakuma camp hosts more than 170,000 refugees, mainly from Somalia and South Sudan. After fleeing violence and famine at home, refugees arrive to Kakuma in need of food, shelter and security, among others. Often suffering from loss and trauma, specialised psychosocial support is in big demand, particularly due to recent influxes of Somalis and South Sudanese refugees. Yet the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is currently the only organisation in the camp providing psychosocial support.
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Spain-Morocco border tragedy anniversary
Brussels, Madrid, 5 February 2015 – The Jesuit Refugee Service and the Jesuit Migrant Service Spain call for safe and legal access to Europe one year after 14 people died during a confrontation with Spanish border guards near Ceuta. The Tarajal tragedy serves as a stark reminder that Spain along with other European Union member states are a long way off respecting the human dignity of forced migrants.
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Syria: rocket attacks target civilians in Aleppo and Damascus
Rome, 5 February 2015 – The Jesuit Refugee Service is extremely alarmed by the escalation in attacks on Aleppo and Damascus in the last few days. These indiscriminate attacks are targeting densely populated civilian areas. The level of violence in Damascus has reached unprecedented levels. The international community must take urgent action to protect the lives of civilian populations.
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Former UK Minister for Education to join the Jesuit Refugee Service
Rome, 26 January 2015 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is pleased to announce that former education minister, Sarah Teather MP, will join the International Advocacy team on 1 June 2015. As advocacy adviser, Ms Teather will focus on the provision of education for refugee children the Middle East and South Sudan. Ms Teather will stand down from the British Parliament in May 2015, after 13 years in elected politics. For nearly 12 of these years she represented the London constituency of Brent Central, the most ethnically diverse in the United Kingdom. (Photo: Parliamentary Recording Unit)
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Kenya: protection needs increase with refugee influx
Kakuma, 14 January 2015 – Without the opportunity to integrate into Kenyan society due to a strict encampment policy and with low chances of resettlement, most refugees in Kenya spend years living in refugee camps. While they are provided a physical space free from war, camps are not necessarily free from human rights abuses, particularly sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).
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South Sudan: if you think education is expensive, try ignorance
Maban, 13 January 2015 – When South Sudan became the world's youngest country in 2011, the literacy rate was a mere 27 percent. To improve this statistic, the education ministry of South Sudan set a high goal: reduce the illiteracy rate by 50 percent by 2015.
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South Sudan: Khartoum auxiliary bishop underlines the importance of education and hospitality to refugees
Maban, 11 December 2014 – In a visit to the conflict-affected region of South Sudan, Bishop Daniel Adwok underlined the importance of education and hospitality for refugees living in the border district Maban.
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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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