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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 500,000 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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Italy: government fails to protect refugees and asylum seekers
Rome, 8 April 2014 – The economic crisis in Italy has hit refugees in a particularly harsh manner. Even those who were well on the road to becoming self-sufficient have been forced to seek assistance, according the annual report by the Jesuit Refugee Service in Italy (Centro Astalli).
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Syria: Jesuit Refugee Service mourns the death of Frans van der Lugt SJ
Beirut, 7 April 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service in Syria has announced its closure for three days over the tragic loss of Fr Frans van der Lugt. The whole JRS family is deeply saddened and shocked by his sudden death this morning.
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JRS Syria receives Pax Christi International Peace Award
Rome, 31 March 2014 – The 2014 Pax Christi International Peace Award has been granted to the Jesuit Refugee Service Syria for dedication in providing emergency relief to Syrians since the conflict began in 2011. Established in 1988, the Award honours contemporary individuals and organisations who make a stand for peace, justice and non-violence in different parts of the world.
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United States: immigration reform needed to end suffering, redeem the nation
Washington DC, 20 March 2014 – The US Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration, joined by bishops on the border, will travel to Nogales, Arizona, USA from 30 March to 1 April to tour the US-Mexico border and celebrate Mass on behalf of the close to 6,000 migrants who have died in the US desert since 1998.
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Draft law will not keep conflict resources out of Europe, campaigners warn
London, 5 March 2014 – A law proposed by the European Commission on responsible sourcing of minerals is not strong enough to prevent European companies' mineral purchases from financing conflict or human rights abuses, and falls far short of expectations, campaigners said today.
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Democratic Republic of Congo: entrepreneurs cycle to make a living
Goma, 26 February 2014 — Many people in eastern Congo move from camp to camp in search of safety. This repeated displacement disrupts lives, support networks and family ties. Access to the land is hindered, as is their ability to earn a living.
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USA: NGOs urge government to take proactive measures for peace in South Sudan and Central African Republic
Washington DC, 20 February 2014 — Twenty-six organisations, including the Jesuit Refugee Service, recommended a specific series of steps the US authorities take "to ensure that peacekeeping operations in both contexts have the best chance to halt violence, protect civilians, and stabilise" South Sudan and the Central African Republic.
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South Sudan: uneasy calm prevails in Maban
Maban, 14 February 2014 – As schools re-opened at the beginning of the month, an uneasy calm prevails in Maban, Upper Nile State of South Sudan. Staff from NGOs, both local and international, have started trickling back to the county, located in the northeastern part of Upper Nile State in South Sudan.
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Philippines: communities displaced yet again by violence
Mindanao, 14 February 2014 - Internally displaced returnee communities in Maguindanao and North Cotabato, in the southern Philippines, were forced to flee once again just one day after the signing of the last annex of the Bangsamoro Framework (FAB), the much anticipated peace agreement between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the government of the Philippines, on 26 January 2014.
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Syria: people of Homs hungry to lead a normal life, says Dutch Jesuit
Rome, 10 February 2014 – Three thousand Syrians trapped in the old city of Homs under a two-year siege and food blockade may finally receive relief after agreements were made on Thursday in the Geneva II talks between government and opposition forces. After two weeks, the negotiations seem to have borne some fruit: an agreement allowing for a "humanitarian pause" in Homs.
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Malta: JRS report, Beyond Imagination, documents human rights abuses of asylum seekers in Libya
Valletta, 4 February 2014 – Asylum seekers should not be returned to Libya for any reason whatsoever because their safety, lives and freedoms are at risk. In Libya, they have virtually no chance of getting protection, even now that the Gaddafi regime has collapsed.
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Vatican City: promoting solidarity, acceptance, and signs of fraternity
Vatican City, 28 January 2014 – The present day reality of migration in a rapidly globalising world poses a particular challenge for world leaders and citizens alike, according to the annual message, Migrants and Refugees: toward a better world, released by the Vatican last week.
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Thailand: providing vital services to people in detention
Washington DC, 27 January 2014 — A grant from the J. Homer Butler Foundation has enabled Jesuit Refugee Service to provide medical care to detainees in Thailand's largest immigration detention centre, IDC Bangkok, which on any given day holds an average of 1,000 detainees.
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South Sudan: JRS plans disrupted, but not shattered
Nairobi, 9 January 2014 – During the first quarter of last year, JRS Eastern Africa moved to and opened projects in Yambio in the South Sudanese state of Western Equatoria and Maban in Upper Nile. In Yambio, JRS supports a community affected by the long years of conflict. A gradual start has seen 12 primary school teachers enrolled in a teacher training college run by Solidarity with South Sudan.
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South Sudan: Jesuits urge peaceful resolution to crisis
Nairobi, 8 January 2014 — "We encourage all our friends and well-wishers of South Sudan, wherever they may be, to do all they can to advocate on behalf of South Sudan for a speedy, just and peaceful resolution of the current crisis", said Jesuit Fr Agbonkhianmeghe E Orobator, Provincial of East Africa.
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Democratic Republic of Congo: Jesuit Refugee Service team member killed
Masisi, 22 November 2013 – JRS staff member in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Yohana Bushu, was shot two weeks ago and died in hospital a few hours later.
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Asia Pacific: Jesuit Refugee Service to support local Philippine relief efforts
Bangkok, 14 November 2013 – In the face of the enormous destruction and displacement wrought by typhoon Haiyan, the Jesuit Refugee Service has decided the most practical immediate response is to provide logistical support to Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan, a local Jesuit-led organisation.
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USA: humanitarian groups united in concern about statelessness in Dominican Republic
Washington DC, 4 November 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service and other humanitarian organisations share the concerns of the Organization of American States about the recent ruling issued by the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic that could arbitrarily deprive thousands of Dominicans of foreign descent of their nationality.
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Central African Republic: mass violence and imminent threat to civilians
Washington DC, 1 November 2013 – The Jesuit Refugee Service and a number of other leading NGOs urge the international community to act quickly in the Central African Republic to protect civilians and prevent further atrocities against them. The increasingly dire humanitarian situation threatens the stability of the entire country.
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Mexico: JRS report highlights Central American migrant abuses
Washington DC, October 29, 2013 — A new report from Jesuit Refugee Service USA notes that the flows of migrants from Central America toward the US require special consideration both from a human rights perspective and because their vulnerability is intimately linked to continued regional insecurity. The report, Persistent Insecurity: Abuses against Central Americans in Mexico, includes specific recommendations to alleviate the abuses faced by migrants on their journey.
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Dominican Republic: Jesuit organisations in support of campaign against court ruling
Rome, 25 October 2013 – Jesuit organisations worldwide are jointly mobilising to stand in opposition to a new court ruling in the Dominican Republic that could cause half a million Dominicans to lose their citizenship rights, leaving them stateless and unable to exercise basic human rights.
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Catholic agencies say protecting lives must come before protecting borders
Rome, 25 October 2013 – Caritas and the Jesuit Refugee Service urge European governments to provide legal solutions that allow refugees and migrants to arrive safely to the continent.
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Malawi: refugees in Dzaleka receive diplomas from Regis University
Dzaleka, 7 October 2013 – In many ways, the graduation ceremony on 27 September last in Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi looked like any other– mortarboards and tassels, proud parents and renowned speakers giving advice. But it was anything but ordinary; it was first time ever that students were granted access to higher education in this refugee camp, or for that matter in most others.
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Italy: enough death in the Mediterranean, time for extraordinary measures
Rome, 3 October 2013 – Today's tragic death of more than 90 men, women and children trying to seek safety in Europe marks the umpteenth tragedy in the Mediterranean this year. The continued inaction by the Italian authorities and the European Union is unjustifiable.
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Kenya and Malawi: first graduation of university students sponsored by the Jesuit Refugee Service
Rome, 24 September 2013 – After years of planning and hard work in harsh conditions, the first group of 49 refugees sponsored by the Jesuit Refugee Service will graduate from university this week. The refugee graduates have been participants in an innovative online Diploma in Liberal Studies managed by the Jesuit Refugee Service and Jesuit Commons Higher Education at the Margins.
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