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The story of a Rohingya Refugee

17th June 2015

According to the UN, the Rohingyas are one of the most persecuted people on earth and at risk of statelessness. The Rohingya are an ethnic Muslim minority group living in Rakhine state. We are a population of around 800,000 Rohingya, living together with the Arakanese population. In our village we have no relationship with the Arakanese population, as they live behind the mountains in a different village in the hills.

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World Refugee Day: push forward, not back

15th June 2015

For World Refugee Day this weekend, the Jesuit Refugee Service urges you to remember that the key to change is within each of us. While governments decide to accept or reject refugees, only we have the power to truly welcome them. We must change our fixed view of refugees as ‘the other.’

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Media Release: Formerly detained children to meet with MPs in Canberra as part of Refugee Week 2015

15th June 2015

Despite the Government’s promise to release all children from detention in December last year, there are still over 200 children in detention both onshore and offshore. MEDIA RELEASE Monday 15 June 2015  Formerly detained children to meet with MPs in…

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Any door will do when you’re in danger

12th June 2015

Following the decisions by Indonesia and Malaysia to provide temporary refuge for 7,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshi forced migrants pending “resettlement and repatriation” by the international community, Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s response to the question of resettlement of some of these people in Australia was “nope, nope, nope.”

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No Giving Up: Stories of Unfinished Journeys

11th June 2015

This booklet is the outcome of group sessions held by JRS Malta with Somali women, most of whom are awaiting the outcome of their asylum application.

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No giving up: stories of unfinished journeys

11th June 2015

The publication of this booklet is a positive experience for all. For the women who recounted their stories and views, the booklet offered a safe space where they could share their burden. For the reader, it gives an insight into harrowing stories that are not often recounted first-hand. For civil society and service providers, it provides a wealth of information and opportunities to learn and thus improve their services.

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Australia: saviour or persecutor?

10th June 2015

Most Friday afternoons, I take a couple of trams across Melbourne. Eventually, I arrive at one of the privatised detention centres in which the Government keeps those asylum seekers not held in overseas detention camps or allowed the limited freedom of community detention or a bridging visa (which grants the right to stay in the community but generally without study or work rights). Security – for inmates and visitors – makes the place barely distinguishable from a prison.

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JRS Annual Report 2014: Creating Spaces

10th June 2015

Home’ is more than four walls. It is a space where we feel safe, a space we can call our own that we share with family and friends, a space where we grew up that is dear and sacred to us. Most importantly, it is a place where we belong.

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Annual Report 2014

10th June 2015

Annual Report 2014 Download here.

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JRS dinner to promote ‘opening doors’ to refugees

3rd June 2015

This year’s Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and Xavier Social Justice Network (XSJN) annual Melbourne dinner has taken as its theme ‘Opening the doors’.

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