Jesuit Refugee Service http://en.jrs.net Latest News and Information Thu, 26 May 2016 04:44:16 GMT JRS welcomes Education Cannot Wait fund http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160524042714 Rome and Washington DC, 24 May 2016 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is gratified the international community made a commitment to education Monday at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. The Education Cannot Wait fund follows on the heels of the JRS Global Education Initiative launched last December. Tue, 24 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160524042714 Education is a life-saving intervention for refugees http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160519024125 Washington, DC, 19 May 2016 -- In the new report <i><a href="https://www.jrs.net/assets/Publications/File/Ed_Policy_web1.pdf" target="_blank">Providing Hope, Investing in the Future: Education in Emergencies & Protracted Crises</a></i>, the Jesuit Refugee Service confirms that education is a life-saving intervention for children and adolescents who are forcibly displaced from their homes. JRS organises educational and recreational activities to heal trauma, promote human dignity, and build skills. Thu, 19 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160519024125 NGOs urge government of Kenya to reconsider intended closure of refugee camps http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160510042930 Nairobi, 10 May 2016 -- Despite  huge economic and social pressure, Kenya continues to host close to 600,000 refugees and asylum seekers from neighbouring countries. Fifty-six percent of this current refugee population in Kenya comprises women, children and youth who are particularly vulnerable to exploitation and abuse while in displacement. However, JRS and other NGOs worry that the recent position assumed by the government of Kenya, which disbands the Department of Refugee Affairs and indicates that this will be followed by the closure of Dadaab and Kakuma camps, will have unfortunate, far-reaching implications for the thousands of refugees and asylum seekers who have called Kenya a place of refuge. Tue, 10 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160510042930 JRS and Rotary discuss how to build stronger communities with refugees http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160421083704 Rome, 22 April 2016 – On 29 April, at LUMSA University, Fr Thomas H Smolich SJ, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) International Director, will speak on a panel discussion hosted by Rotary International to discuss the needs and challenges of refugees as well as sustainable solutions. Fr Smolich will speak alongside Carlotta Sami, Spokeswoman of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees office for Southern Europe, and John Hewko and K.R. Ravindran, General Secretary and President of Rotary International respectively, to discuss the theme “Helping refugees to start over.” Fri, 22 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160421083704 Global: faith leaders urge Cameron and Obama to help Syrian refugees http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160422072627 Rome, 22 April 2016 – President Obama is in the UK for talks with Prime Minister Cameron regarding the upcoming 23 June EU referendum to decide Britain's membership in the EU. They will also discuss the fight to oust the Islamic State. In this letter below, 28 faith based leaders including representatives from the Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim religions call the two leaders to consider Syria in these talks. Fri, 22 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160422072627 Italy: Pope tells JRS staff to continue walking with refugees http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160419094331 Rome, 19 April 2016 – If host countries properly welcome refugees and facilitate their integration into society, forced migration will no longer be an emergency, according to the Jesuit Refugee Service Italy (Centro Astalli) 2015 annual report. Today, to present the Centro Astalli 2015 annual report at Teatro Argentina in Rome, Pope Francis – through a video message – encouraged Centro Astalli to continue its work with refugees, and Romano Prodi, former EU Commission president and Italian Prime Minister, spoke about the economic and political need to welcome refugees. Tue, 19 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160419094331 Greece: Pope to refugees – “you are not alone” http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160417045357 Rome, 17 April 2016 – In his heartfelt visit to the Greek island of Lesbos yesterday, Pope Francis stood in solidarity with refugees and migrants, reminding them “you are not alone.” However, the Pope did not only draw attention to this grave tragedy through words, but through action. On his trip back to the Vatican, he brought with him a dozen Syrian Muslim refugees – including six children – personally showing the EU and the world the values of welcome and accompaniment. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160417045357 Greece: Pope to visit Lesbos, a symbol of hope for refugees http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160412082511 Rome, 12 April 2016 – At a time when hundreds of thousands are risking their lives trying to reach safety in Europe, the Jesuit Refugee Service is very pleased that Pope Francis will visit the Greek island of Lesbos, a major transit point, this Saturday, 16 April, to confront the emergency situation of refugees and the need for international solidarity among governmental and non-governmental actors head on. Tue, 12 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160412082511 EU: the risks of a dirty deal with Turkey http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160405074126 Brussels, 5 April 2016 -- The European Council on Refugees and Exiles, of which the Jesuit Refugee Service is a member, joins the calls for an immediate halt to the return of refugees from Greece to Turkey, scheduled to happen on 4 April. Opposition to implementation of the EU-Turkey agreement is mounting across Europe, following reports by Amnesty International detailing the illegal practices already taking place. On 1 April, the organisation published evidence of large-scale forced returns, including of children, from Turkey to war-torn Syria, an action illegal under Turkish, EU and international law. Last week, the organisation documented the forcible return to Kabul of around 30 Afghan asylum seekers, who were denied access to asylum procedures. Tue, 05 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160405074126 EU: humanitarian visas one step closer http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160404020747 Brussels, 4 April 2016 -- On 16 March, the Members of the European Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee voted in favour of introducing European humanitarian visas within the EU Visa Code. This means that member states will be able to issue such visas for asylum seekers, while allowing them to reach European territory in safe and legal manner. Once they arrive in Europe, they will be able to launch their asylum application. Mon, 04 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160404020747 Europe: EU-Turkey deal violates international law http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160324081923 Rome, 24 March 2016 -- The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is deeply concerned by the deal reached by the EU and Turkey regarding refugee relocation and resettlement over the weekend. The decision to push refugees and migrants back to Turkey is a violation of the international law to provide protection, and contrary to EU principles of guaranteeing the right to claim asylum and prohibiting collective expulsions. Thu, 24 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160324081923 EU: NGOs call European Council to protect refugees http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160315070535 Brussels, 15 March 2016 - The Jesuit Refugee Service is a member of the European Council for Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), a network of 90 NGOs working to promote human rights, sustainable solutions and the implementation of policies that support both of these. The following is a letter from the Secretary General of ECRE to the Heads of the European Council and the European Commission, regarding the upcoming EU-Turkey summit where the leaders of various European states will meet with Turkish officials to discuss migration and the refugee crisis. The summit will take place on 17 and 18 March. Tue, 15 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160315070535 Syria: five years on, time for diplomacy to deliver http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160314090250 Beirut, 13 March 2016 -- "We have reached another sad commemoration; we feel exhausted and with little hope left. A Christian's way of proceeding is never to despair. We must continue to help every single Syrian brother and sister in need, until the massacres end," said Fr Nawras Sammour SJ, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Syria Director, as the Syrian conflict enters its sixth year. Sun, 13 Mar 2016 06:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160314090250 Ethiopia: refugees share stories, express concerns with top UN official http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160311080137 Addis Ababa, 11 March 2016 – The Jesuit Refugee Service was honoured to receive the President of United Nations General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, at the JRS Refugee Community Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last week. Fri, 11 Mar 2016 06:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160311080137 EU: Turkey plan disregards human rights http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160311082558 Brussels, 11 March 2016 – Earlier this week heads of EU Member States met the Prime Minister of Turkey to try to find solutions to the humanitarian crisis playing out in the Aegean. The resultant plan dubbed 'one for one' envisages treating people fleeing war and state failure like parcels and would be a huge blow to human rights and the rule of law in Europe if ever implemented. Fri, 11 Mar 2016 06:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160311082558 Sri Lanka: joining the anti-landmines treaty, a good step towards durable solutions http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160309091557 Rome, 9 March 2016 – Seven years after the end of the 26-year long conflict, on 3 March 2016, Sri Lanka agreed to accede to the anti-personnel mine ban treaty, also known as the Ottawa Convention. The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) welcomes this move as a first good step towards durable solutions for those who have suffered war and violence. The northern and eastern provinces in Sri Lanka have been severely affected by land mines and explosives due to the conflict and there are a number of demining agencies working in Sri Lanka already. Wed, 09 Mar 2016 06:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160309091557 Vatican City: International Women's Day – knocking on the Church's door http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160309031242 Vatican City, 9 March 2016 – Yesterday, at the Casina Pia IV in the heart of the Vatican, powerful women made their voices count this International Women's Day at the Voices of Faith event co-hosted by the Fidel Gotz Foundation and the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). The event's theme "Mercy requires courage" stemmed from the Jubilee Year of Mercy and Pope Francis's call for believers to make their mercy  a concrete reality as opposed to an abstract idea. Tue, 08 Mar 2016 06:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160309031242 'What women want' -- Voices of Faith storytelling event in the Vatican http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160226075558 Vatican City, 4 March 2016 -- For International Women's Day on 8 March, at the Casina Pio IV in the heart of the Vatican, the Voices of Faith storytelling event will take place. With the theme "Mercy requires courage," it will feature and celebrate extraordinary faithful women from nine countries on five continents who exemplify the courage required to live merciful lives.  Fri, 04 Mar 2016 06:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160226075558 Voices of Faith celebrating Intl. Women’s Day in the Vatican http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160226074201 Voices of Faith and Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) invite you to learn more about the 3rd Voices of Faith female storytelling festival and this year's motto “Mercy requires Courage”. At this occasion the partnership between Voices of Faith and JRS based on their common values will officially be announced: The importance of education at large, particularly for females. Education is a fundamental key in improving the social and economic situation for women and their families. Tue, 01 Mar 2016 06:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160226074201 Praying with Refugees in Thailand: accompaniment is the cornerstone of service http://en.jrs.net/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20160225101400 Mae Hong Son, Thailand, 29 February 2016 – My recent visit to the JRS Asia-Pacific Region was my first as International Director; it was my first time to Cambodia and Indonesia, and a 1999 visit to Thailand felt like ancient history when I returned. I was truly impressed by the care and dedication of JRS team members I met. Mon, 29 Feb 2016 06:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20160225101400 Vatican City: International Women's Day – knocking on the Church's door http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20160323091405 Vatican City, 9 March 2016 – Yesterday, at the Casina Pia IV in the heart of the Vatican, powerful women made their voices count this International Women's Day at the Voices of Faith event co-hosted by the Fidel Gotz Foundation and the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). The event's theme "Mercy requires courage" stemmed from the Jubilee Year of Mercy and Pope Francis's call for believers to make their mercy  a concrete reality as opposed to an abstract idea. Sun, 28 Feb 2016 06:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20160323091405 'What women want' -- Voices of Faith storytelling event in the Vatican http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20160323093141 Vatican City, 4 March 2016 -- For International Women's Day on 8 March, at the Casina Pio IV in the heart of the Vatican, the Voices of Faith storytelling event will take place. With the theme "Mercy requires courage," it will feature and celebrate extraordinary faithful women from nine countries on five continents who exemplify the courage required to live merciful lives. Sun, 28 Feb 2016 06:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20160323093141 Voices of Faith celebrating Intl. Women’s Day in the Vatican http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20160323094247 Voices of Faith and Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) invite you to learn more about the 3rd Voices of Faith female storytelling festival and this year's motto “Mercy requires Courage”. At this occasion the partnership between Voices of Faith and JRS based on their common values will officially be announced: The importance of education at large, particularly for females. Education is a fundamental key in improving the social and economic situation for women and their families. Sun, 28 Feb 2016 06:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20160323094247 Australia: harsh border policies not the whole story http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160224080803 Sydney, 25 February 2016 – "The issue of refugees and asylum seekers in urban areas will become one of our main challenges in the coming years along with the inter-religious and inter-faith element of it," said Fr Bambang A Sipayung SJ, Director Jesuit Refugee Service Asia-Pacific. Thu, 25 Feb 2016 06:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160224080803 Malawi: women refugees as community leaders http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20160225021542 Dzaleka, 24 February 2016 – Less than one percent of refugees have access to higher education, and this percentage is even lower for refugee women. Since 2010, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) along with Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM), has been offering tertiary education for refugees in Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi. The beginning of 2016 marked an incredible new chapter for these programmes: for the first time, half of the enrolments to the Community Health course are young women. Wed, 24 Feb 2016 06:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20160225021542