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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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Chad: Meet Country Director, Alberto Martin Huertas
N'Djamena, 17 February 2017 - 2017 is a huge challenge for JRS Chad, we are expanding our activities in primary education to five more refugee camps in Farchana and Oure Cassoni. At the same time, this year is going to be our first experience implementing a Child Protection program. It is a big challenge, with a lot of work to do, but we are very passionate and it shows the confidence that our donors have in us.
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Jordan: Love walking in the rain
Amman, 16 February 2017 - Amman, the capital of Jordan, is a wonderful city complete with history, tradition and modernity. Amman, however on a very cold and rainy day is not the most exciting place to be. Above all, since Amman is built on hills (jabal) and has several valleys (wadi), walking from one house to another, is certainly not something that one easily relishes.
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Europe: Reform proposals for asylum will affect the most vulnerable
3 February 2017 – The reform proposals for the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) collectively amount to the death of asylum in Europe by a thousand cuts our working paper, published today finds.
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USA: Barring refugees is an affront to global and Christian values
30 January 2017 - The Jesuit Refugee Service challenges US President Donald Trump’s Executive Order banning refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States. 
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Europe: JRS welcomes a new Regional Director
Brussels, 27 January 2017 – JRS Europe is pleased to present Jose Ignacio Garcia, SJ, as the new Regional Director. He takes up the reins from Jean-Marie Carriere, SJ.
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Syria: Limited access to basic resources affects the population
24 January 2017 - The winter in Syria continues to be rather harsh. The displaced, without sufficient access to appropriate lodging and heating, continue to suffer. Essential commodities are not easily available; and whenever they are, the prices are astronomical.
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America Magazine feature: Human Trafficking, A Global Assault on Human Dignity
Images of migrants drowning in the Mediterranean have shocked the world in recent years—sparking conversation, inspiring political summits and challenging the collective responsibility of the global community to refugees. But behind the images not seen and the headlines not written are stories of exploitation that refugees risk at every step of their journey to safety.
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Italy: Young refugees represent hope for a peaceful future
Rome, 16 January 2017 - On the occasion of the 2017 World Day of Migrants and Refugees, many refugees, volunteers and friends of JRS Italy - Centro Astalli met Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, newly elected Superior General of the Society of Jesus.
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USA: ‘Dear Pope Francis’ book sales benefit JRS programs around the world
Chicago, 13 December 2016 — Loyola Press had great success this year launching their book, Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World.  A portion of the book's sales are being donated to Jesuit Refugee Service/USA to support JRS global projects.
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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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