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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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Regional staff can lend insight into JRS programmes and advocacy priorities and provide detailed information on current global crises.

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Global: Remembering Fr. Kolvenbach’s commitment to refugees
Rome, 2 December 2016 - The Jesuit Refugee Service family remembers Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach SJ, who died in Beirut, Lebanon on 26 November. Fr Kolvenbach served as the 29th Superior General of the Society of Jesus for almost twenty-five years and carried forward Fr. Arrupe’s legacy.
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USA: Walking with Refugees Award Reception for Fr Ken Gavin SJ
Washington DC, 1 December 2016 - Fr. Kenneth J. Gavin S.J., Assistant International Director, will be honoured with the Grace Kobbe Tevis Award for Extraordinary Service at a special event in New York today.
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Europe: Children cannot wait
Brussels, 30 November 2016 - EU institutions and Member States must do more to protect refugee and migrant children, a statement signed by 78 civil society organisations said today to mark the opening of the 10th European Forum on the Rights of the Child in Brussels.
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CAR: 'We do not understand this war'
Batouri, 29 November 2016 - "I still do not know why the war is going on in our country, the Central African Republic," says Haman, a refugee from CAR living in the Ketté area, Eastern Cameroon. Haman lives in the little town of Boubara with his wife and five sons. 
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Global: Fr Thomas Smolich SJ to receive 2016 CRISPAZ Peace Award
San Salvador, 25 November 2016 - JRS International Director, Fr. Thomas Smolich, S.J., will be honoured by Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ) with the CRISPAZ Peace Award on Wednesday, November 30, at an evening reception at Santa Clara University's De Saisset Museum in Santa Clara, CA.
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Syria: JRS staff stand together in serving the displaced
Beirut, 22 November 2016 - The war in Syria has grabbed world headlines for almost six years now. The violence has killed and wounded thousands. Millions have been made homeless: most of them as IDPs in Syria or having to seek refuge in another country. Many towns and cities of Syria are destroyed beyond recognition.
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Canada: Reflections on Central American migrant issues
Montreal, November 15, 2016 — Every time I visit a country in the developing world, I am always struck by the enormous differences with Canada, but also its similarities. Certain parts of those countries are rich, and therefore have similar amenities to Canada.
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South Africa: JRS hosts U.S. State Department officials
Johannesburg, November 11, 2016 — Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, visited Jesuit Refugee Service South Africa's Urban Refugee Program November 1, to listen to and learn about the challenges faced by vulnerable refugees — survivors of SGBV and refugees from the LGBTI community.
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Australia: Stopping the Boats Part 4 - Who is my neighbour?
Sydney, 10 November 2016 - “We decide who is coming here.” Malcolm Turnbull must have been hoping to gain both the conservative chops and the electoral success of former Prime Minister John Howard when he uttered these words in defence of his plans to ban asylum seekers who have arrived in Australia on boats from ever entering Australia. 
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Rome: JRS staff meet with new Father General, Fr Arturo Sosa SJ
Rome, 9 November 2016 - On Wednesday, November 2nd, in the aula of the General Congregation, Fr. Arturo Sosa wanted to meet with the lay people who work in the General Curia of the Society of Jesus. 
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Venezuela: Colombian women contributing to the dialogue for peace
El Nula, 7 November 2016 – Women and girls are among the most vulnerable in Colombia due to widespread violence caused by decades of conflict. Young girls are exposed to armed recruitment, while women often find themselves on their own to sustain a family. With the lack of opportunity, they are likely to fall victim to exploitation, including prostitution and human trafficking.
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Global: JRS supports Pope Francis' prayer intention for countries receiving refugees
Rome, 4 November 2016 - The November edition of The Pope Video, produced by The Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network and supported by the Jesuit Refugee Service, concerns refugees and forced migration with a specific focus on solidarity with countries that are receiving the most refugees.
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Australia: JRS condemns lifetime ban for refugees arriving by boat
Sydney, 2 November 2016 - Jesuit Refugee Service Australia (JRS) condemns Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's announcement that people arriving by boat to seek asylum in Australia, and currently held in Nauru and Papua New Guinea, would be banned for life from entering Australia.
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Romania: JRS helps Iraqi refugee find treatment and hope
Bucharest, 24 October 2016 - Mohamad is an Iraqi teenager who took refuge in Romania in 2014 when he was 15 years old. He had to flee because of protracted conflict in his home country that persists to this day, according to reports in the international press. During an attack, his parents were killed in front of him. Mohamad was shot in the legs but the surgery performed in poor conditions at a hospital in Iraq managed to worsen the situation of his wound.
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Europe: I Get You campaign mapping refugee initiatives
Brussels, 12 October 2016 – Since being launched on 20 April this year, the ‘I Get You’ campaign has mapped almost 300 refugee initiatives in the nine European countries taking part: Belgium, Croatia, France, Malta, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Romania and Spain.
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Colombia: In support of the peace agreement
Bogotà, 7 October 2016 - The Commission on Forced Migration, Exile and Reconciliation wishes to extend its greetings to Colombians living abroad, in particular the victims of the armed conflict, as well as exiles and refugees.
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Europe: Refugee 'Journeys of Hope' now available in different languages
Brussels, 29 September 2016 – Originally published on World Refugee Day 2016, JRS Europe is now pleased to present 'Journeys of Hope: Stories of refugees on the road to Europe' in French, German, Italian and Spanish.
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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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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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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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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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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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