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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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Lebanon: refugee children counting on school
Beirut, 16 July 2015 -- Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon aren't in school. Some have to work to pay the family bills. Others can't go to school because of transportation costs, difficulty registering, or discrimination.
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Thailand: helping survivors of sexual violence
Bangkok, 15 July 2015 -- In Thailand, JRS offers group counseling sessions for refugee women and girls. Almost all are survivors of sexual violence and at risk of re-victimization in their vulnerable circumstances.
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Italy: I was a stranger and you invited me in
Rome, 9 July 2015 – When Pope Francis urged religious congregations to open their empty convents to welcome refugees in September 2013, Mark* never heard about it. Even if he had heard the news, chances are it wouldn’t have grabbed his attention for long. At the time, the 27-year-old was busy getting on with his life in Nairobi. 
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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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Kenya: never fail to try
Nairobi, 6 July 2015 – Pierre, 23, trains upwards of 25 local community members per day in computer literacy at his college. At the end of the course, students receive certificates in computer science. The majority of his students are people in the workforce, while others have just finished secondary school and need to learn computer skills in order to enter university. "I was helped to get where I am so I feel also very good when others benefit from my knowledge. I trust this community, and I treat them a lot of dignity," he said.
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Chad: Darfur refugees find hope in education
Washington, DC, 30 June 2015 – In Djabal refugee camp, just outside the town of Goz Beida in eastern Chad, the Jesuit Refugee Service is expanding our partnership with Jesuit Commons Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM) and has started a new programme in the camp that will eventually offer an online, university-level diploma programme.
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United States: legal challenges facing Central American migrants
Washington, DC, 22 June 2015 – In recognition of World Refugee Day on 20 June, the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and 13 Jesuit law schools announce A Fair Chance for Due Process: Challenges in Legal Protection for Central American Asylum Seekers and Other Vulnerable Migrants. The report highlights Jesuit law school efforts to assist Central Americans in need, and challenges faced in delivering these services.
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Kenya and Italy: we choose hope
Rome, 20 June 2015 – "Opposing the war in Vietnam, Martin Luther King Jr, said 'a time comes when silence is betrayal,'" writes Kenyan refugee Antony Mutai. "That time has come regarding the refugee crisis. The time has come for all of us to not only speak up, but to act and 'Push forward, not back.'"
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South Africa: shining a light in xenophobia's darkness
Johannesburg, 19 June 2015 – If it were not for ignorance, Qamar and Ali's home and business would still be standing today. Ignorance to what these two men – and others seeking refuge within South Africa – went through led people to loot and ransack their shops. This ignorance strips us of our empathy and allows myths regarding migrants to persist.
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