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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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