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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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Europe: protect refugees, a collective responsibility
Rome, 3 February 2016 -- The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is seriously concerned by the disjointed reaction and arbitrary and deleterious security measures EU Member States have adopted as a response to the numbers of people fleeing to Europe these last few weeks. Refoulement and the closing of borders are among the most serious violations of treaties and conventions signed by the EU and Member States.
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Global: a call to put an end to the suffering in Syria
Rome, 27 January 2015 -- Three years ago, the leaders of UN humanitarian agencies issued an urgent appeal to those who could end the conflict in Syria. They called for every effort to save the Syrian people. "Enough", they said, of the suffering and bloodshed. That was three years ago. Now, the war is approaching its sixth brutal year. The bloodshed continues. The suffering deepens.
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Cambodia: Montagnard refugees receive protection and a fair case
Phnom Penh, 22 January 2016 – In this historic period where the world is seeing millions of forcibly displaced people on the move, and countries breaching their obligations under international law to protect them, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is glad to see that a group of ethnic Vietnamese Montagnard refugees will have access to a fair asylum process in Cambodia.
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Global: opening the doors, World Day of Migrants and Refugees
Vatican City, 18 January 2016 – Yesterday, for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis greeted more than 6,000 refugees and migrants of at least 30 different nationalities in St Peter's Square, recognising the individual value each brings to his or her new community. He encouraged those gathered to not allow life's challenges to deny them hope and joy.
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Myanmar: historic elections, is it safe for refugees to return?
Mae Hong Son, Thailand, 13 January 2016 -- In November 2015, Myanmar held its first national vote since a nominally civilization government was established in 2011, concluding nearly 50 years of military rule. Since the elections, there has been a wave of optimism for national reconciliation, which may allow for repatriation of Burmese refugees who fled to camps on the Thailand-Myanmar border decades ago.
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Vatican City: Pope Francis speaks out for World Day of Migrants and Refugees
Vatican City, 12 January 2016 – Yesterday, Pope Francis spoke out for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees to be celebrated on 17 January. In his speech, "Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us. The Response of the Gospel of Mercy," the Pope says that refugees and migrants are "people whose dignity is to be protected and who are capable of contributing to progress and the general welfare."
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Sweden: common action needed – unilateral border controls not the answer
Brussels, 8 January 2016 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is concerned at the recent news that Sweden has reinstated identity checks at its border with Denmark. Sweden has a long tradition of protecting refugees and defending human rights. In fact, in 2015, the country received the highest number of refugees per capita in the EU, approximately 163,000 asylum applications in total. Civil society and NGOs like JRS Sweden have worked to welcome the new arrivals.
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Africa: Pope calls for solidarity with refugees
Nairobi, 30 November 2015 – Yesterday, Pope Francis returned from his five-day journey to Africa, concluding his trip in Bangui, Central African Republic, where he called for peace and spread messages of hope and unity – calls which were also echoed during his prior stops in Kenya and Uganda.
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Global: protect refugees now more than ever
Rome, 26 November 2015 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) expresses its sorrow over the death of so many innocent people in the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut, Mali and elsewhere. With the subsequent rise in xenophobia and islamophobia, we remind host communities and governments that closing the doors to refugees or blocking resettlement processes is a breach of international law and the principle of non-refoulement, or not pushing back people in need of protection.
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Eastern Africa: message in a bottle. Pontifex, hear us!
Kakuma, 23 November 2015 – The Jesuit Refugee Service mobilised the messages of young refugee boys in Kakuma refugee camp through a project entitled, Message in a Bottle. The project allowed 14 boys hosted in the JRS Amani Centre – a safe house for boys with protection concerns – to send their own message in a bottle to Pope Francis in anticipation for his upcoming visit to Kenya.
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USA: tell your policymakers we must welcome refugees
Washington DC, 19 November 2015 – In the wake of last week's tragic attacks in Paris, the Jesuit Refugee Service is alarmed that blame is being placed on refugees fleeing horrific violence and terrorism in Syria.
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Pope Francis supports global education initiative for refugee children and youth
Rome, 18 November 2015 – In a private audience with 15 refugees and friends and staff of Jesuit Refugee Service to commemorate the 35th anniversary of JRS on Saturday, 14 November, Pope Francis emphasised the importance of education for refugee children and youth as a means to build peace and foster the development of more resilient and cohesive societies.
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Global: images, heart, faith come together in refugee response, Jesuits say
Rome, 15 October 2015 – Through photos, we can see refugees not as “a number or a problem, but as a human being,” says former JRS international director Peter Balleis SJ. As Thomas H Smolich SJ assumed his role on 8 October as the new international director, he agreed that photos touch our hearts, rather than our intellects.
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EU: ensuring international protection must be priority
Brussels, 14 October 2015 – The European Council's meeting on 15-16 October will focus mainly on preparing the Valetta Summit to be held on 11-12 November. The Jesuit Refugee Service welcomes this initiative as it is necessary to enhance dialogue with African countries and discuss issues surrounding forced migration and displacement. However, EU political leaders should not turn a blind-eye to the material and protection needs of refugees and asylum seekers.
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Kenya: university grads redefine their futures
Kakuma, 5 October 2015 – Graduates of online college classes at a refugee camp are challenging the notion that the suffering of the past defines their futures.
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Pope Francis praises ‘mutual enrichment’ found in welcoming refugees
Vatican City, 1 October 2015 – "The presence of migrants and refugees seriously challenges the various societies which accept them," writes Pope Francis in his annual message ahead of the 17 January 2016 World Day of Refugees and Migrants. Identity and finding “mutual enrichment” are the themes of the pope’s message.
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USA: solutions for legal challenges facing asylum seekers
Washington, DC, 25 September 2015 – An increasing number of Central Americans have been migrating to the USA, including unaccompanied children. Jesuit law schools are serving asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants.
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Europe: protecting lives comes first
Brussels, 17 September 2015 -- JRS Europe is asking governments in Europe to show the same hospitality to refugees that individuals have shown.
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Europe: letter to EU president -- save lives before winter comes
Brussels, 10 September 2015 – The Jesuit Refugee Service asked the President of the European Union, Donald Tusk, to save refugee lives now before the cold winter months.
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Europe: how you can help refugees
Rome, 10 September 2015 – Throughout Europe, JRS and other groups link refugees with people who can help. Check our list to see how you can volunteer, advocate, or host a family.
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Europe: Catholics answer Pope Francis's call to welcome refugees
Brussels, 8 September 2015 -- Catholics across Europe are answering Pope Francis's call to show hospitality to refugees. Since the Pope's statement earlier this week, JRS has heard from thousands of people eager to host refugees in their homes, provide clothing or offer other help.
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Europe: EU leaders failing refugees
Rome, 22 July 2015 -- JRS is disappointed by the failure of EU leaders to find a relocation solution for 40,000 refugees who have fled to Europe.
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Jordan and Lebanon: Syrian refugees face food cuts
Amman, Jordan, 9 July 2015 -- Cuts to food aid programmes in the Middle East could force Syrian refugees in the Middle East to make "terrible choices," says Peter Balleis SJ, JRS International Director.
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Asia Pacific: NGOs sign a joint statement calling for regional cooperation to address the migrant crisis
Bangkok, 29 May 2015 – Representatives from 17 Asian states as well as the USA, Australia and Switzerland, met today in Thailand at the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean to discuss the regional migrant crisis. With 600 non-governmental and civil society organisations, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) signed a joint statement "welcoming the decision of the governments of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand to provide temporary protection to refugees and migrants rescued at sea," but urging the states to provide further assistance and protection to migrants in need.
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South Africa: marching in solidarity
Johannesburg, 15 May 2015 – Xenophobic attacks this year condemned by the government and civil society did not come as a surprise to those with an interest in migration. South Africa has been experiencing waves of xenophobic attacks, the most devastating in 2008 which killed 62 people. With seven casualties just last month, South Africans are marching together calling for peace.
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