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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.

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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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Vatican: Pope Francis appeals for hospitality and justice during visit to Jesuit Refugee Service
Rome, 12 September 2013 – After his visit to Lampedusa, Pope Francis again made a call in favour of welcoming refugees at a visit to the soup kitchen of Centro Astalli (the Jesuit Refugee Service Italy).
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Italy: Pope Francis to break bread with Rome's refugees
Rome, 10 September 2013– Responding to an invitation by the Director of Centro Astalli (Jesuit Refugee Service in Italy), Pope Francis will make an official visit to the JRS Italy soup kitchen on Via degli Astalli in Rome today.
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Vatican: war is always a defeat for humanity
Vatican City, 9 September 2013 – Tens of thousands of people answered the call by Pope Francis for a cry for peace in Syria on Saturday, a call which was echoed by Christians and non-Christians alike in vigils around the world.
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Global: record-breaking progress as states race to eliminate the scourge of cluster bombs
Geneva, 4 September 2013 – Governments are making record-breaking progress as they race to fulfil the 2008 treaty banning cluster munitions, while Syria's use of this banned weapon has been widely condemned, according to Cluster Munition Monitor 2013, a global report released today in Geneva.
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Panama and Ecuador: Colombian refugees still living on the edge
Washington DC, 8 August 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service USA assistant director for policy Mary Small participated in a congressional briefing hosted by Congressman Sam Farr on 28 June. The briefing focused on the continued vulnerability of Colombian refugees in Ecuador and Panama.
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Cambodia: workshop promotes reconciliation in the lives of refugees
Siem Reap, 5 August 2013 – Although the issue of reconciliation has always been of concern to the Jesuit Refugee Service, in the past five years the organisation has begun mainstreaming reconciliation into all its work.
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Venezuela: Colombian campesinos displaced on the Catatumbo border
Zulia, 29 July 2013 – According to the JRS Venezuela team in the border town of Zulia more than 800 campesinos from the northeastern Colombian region of Catatumbo crossed the border seeking safety mid-July due to a resurgence of conflict a month earlier.
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Australia: Jesuit Refugee Service condemns new refugee policy
Sydney, 22 July 2013 – The Jesuit Refugee Service has condemned the Australian government's 'PNG Solution' and has called on the Prime Minister to disclose the true cost of this cruel and inhumane policy – the cost to the Australian taxpayer, and to the community of Papua New Guinea and the lives of those people seeking refuge in Australia.  
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Asia Pacific: losing perspective in the search for simple solutions
Sydney, 16 July 2013 – The Jesuit Refugee Service has welcomed the recent visit to Indonesia by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as part of the 2013 leadership meeting between the two countries on 5 July. JRS also commends President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's proposal for Indonesia to host a regional summit on irregular movement of people in the region.
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Syria: civilians organise a cleaning campaign in Aleppo
Aleppo, 12 July 2013 – For several months humanitarian agencies have been issuing health warnings in relation to the collapse of infrastructure and municipal services in Syria. In Aleppo, as temperatures increase above 30 degrees Celsius, reports of leishmaniasis and other preventable diseases are on the increase.
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Global: JRS joins multi-faith call for refugee protection
Geneva, 10 July 2013 – The Jesuit Refugee Service joined together with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and representatives of a number of faith-based organisations to call for greater protection for refugees.
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Global: capacity to respond to crises expanded, but urban refugees and education focus continued in 2012
Rome, 10 July, 2013 – Rapid responses in crises, urban refugees and quality education were the main foci of the work of the Jesuit Refugee Service in 2012; work which benefitted more than 600,000 forcibly displaced persons in 51 worldwide.
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Italy: Pope Francis visits Lampedusa to call for global response to forced migration
8 July 2013, Rome – Pope Francis made a symbolic stand for human rights and justice today as he visited the island of Lampedusa, Italy to stand in solidarity with the migrants and refugees who journey to the island in hopes of a peaceful future in Europe and the host community faced with the challenge to extend hospitality to the influx of migrants.
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Malta: commit to ensuring respect for human life
Valletta, 5 July 2013 – Returning forced migrants to Libya or failing to rescue them from sinking boats would put them at serious risk of inhuman and degrading treatment and could threaten their very lives.
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Central African Republic: despite insecurity, JRS teams return
Rome, 4 July 2013 – Three months after being forced to abandon the Central African Republic (CAR), JRS teams finally returned to the country in June. Despite ongoing insecurity, the Jesuit Refugee Service has opened a new project benefiting 16,000 children from conflict-affected districts of the capital, Bangui.
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Europe: new entry point to the EU, new gaps in asylum protection
Brussels, 26 June 2013 – The accession of Croatia to the European Union next week will severely test how the EU asylum system can cope with the expansion of its borders, says new Jesuit Refugee Service report.
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Burma: JRS concerned by humanitarian situation of Rohingya
Washington DC, 25 June 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service and 74 other organisations have released a statement urging the government of Burma to take action to protect the Rohingya, a stateless minority of Burma who have endured decades of abuse, persecution and discrimination.
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Democratic Republic of Congo: child protection must be prioritised by the Intervention Brigade
London, 25 June 2013 – The imminent deployment of a UN "Intervention Brigade" in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) presents new opportunities to strengthen the protection of children against recruitment and prevent their use in hostilities. These opportunities should be identified and seized by the United Nations and the Congolese government as soon as possible.
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Italy: sanctuary means welcome, protection for displaced in Congo
Rome, 21 June 2013 – "Congo is where we get the coltan to make our mobile phones and laptops. It's where we get diamonds for wedding rings. It's where we get copper for our houses and cars. It's also a place where nearly half of the women have been raped during conflict… where the state is weak and rogue militias are strong", said JRS Great Lakes Africa Communications Officer, Danilo Giannese, at a press briefing which kicked off JRS World Refugee Day events in Rome including a two-part photo exhibition entitled, Sanctuary and Sustenance, hosted at the Chiesa del Gesù.
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Global: hospitality, not an option for healthy communities
Rome, 20 June 2013 – Hospitality is a deeply human value, recognising everyone's individual claim to be welcomed and respected. Yet this welcome also needs to be practical – in terms of food, shelter and education – helping refugees actively contribute to their host communities.
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Refugees, fragmented lives

World Refugee Day 2013 – press release

Rome, 18 June 2013 – After Syrian father, Abu Feras, whose eldest son was killed in crossfire, decided to bring the rest of his children and nieces to Naameh, Lebanon: "all I want for the future is to be able to go home safely with my children". This and other experiences of refugees and asylum seekers, forced to flee war, persecution and other human rights violations are told in the photo exhibition, Sanctuary and Sustenance, inaugurated this evening in the Church of Gesù by the Jesuit Refugee Service in commemoration of World Refugee Day on Thursday.
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Italy: images of refugees on historic buildings, a call to hospitality on World Refugee Day
Rome, 18 June 2013 – Peter Balleis SJ threw open the symbolic doors of Europe and individuals' hearts during his opening speech for World Refugee Day. The JRS international director emphasised symbolic importance of putting refugees on buildings in the centres of our cities.
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World Refugee Day 2013, Sanctuary and Sustenance, hospitality in emergency
14 June 2013 – Commemorating this World Refugee Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service will organise a series of events illustrating difficulties facing and the resilience of refugees from some of the world's greatest crises in 2013.
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Vatican City: humanity first, says report by pontifical council for migrants
Rome, 6 June 2013 – The Jesuit Refugee Service welcomed the latest report published today by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People as hugely significant to host communities receiving mixed flows of migrants and refugees.
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