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.

For media inquiries or to arrange an interview, please contact our communications staff on +61 2 9356 3888.

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With courage let us take a stand

22nd
Jun

“There is no doubt that refugees and asylum seekers are courageous…we too need to be courageous.” The theme of Refugee Week 2016 in Australia is “with courage let us all combine”, words taken from the second verse of “Advance Australia…

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Australia’s asylum seeker policy Stockholm Syndrome

20th
Jun

“Stopping the boats is not an acceptable precondition for a just asylum policy in Australia. You do not build the house of justice on a foundation of dead bones.” The names Birgitta Lundblad, Elisabeth Oldgren, Kristin Ehnmark and Sven Safstrom…

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‘Chasing Asylum’ by Academy Award Winner Eva Orner Showing at Riverside Theatre in Parramatta

27th
May

Join employees from Jesuit Refugee Service and The House of Welcome for a screening of Chasing Asylum followed by a Q&A with front line workers delivering services for asylum seekers in Australia.

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LATEST NEWS

Dr Jesuit Refugee Service

24th June 2016

“This doctorate is a great recognition and appreciation of the work of JRS. It will surely give a boost to our work.”  “ Since the Jesuit Refugee Service is engaged in a mission which is both humanitarian and in the field…

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JRS International Director calls for an opening of selves and minds

20th June 2016

“We need to reinvent our way of being together. We must show mercy to and accept one another, and this act of mercy must be mutual and concrete. Opening doors is not enough; we must open ourselves and our minds to unlock…

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A tale of two refugees

20th June 2016

  “His wife thinks he has abandoned her because she cannot believe a developed country like Australia with a good human rights record is not letting her husband sponsor his wife to come.” ‘Mr Kerry, I am so tired of…

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NEWS

Arrupe Place Community Centre

7th June 2016

  Despite meagre government assistance, ongoing discrimination because of their temporary status, and the weight of Australia’s unjust deterrence regime, the people JRS work alongside continue to show incredible resilience against all odds. With the opening of the Arrupe Place…

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De-identifying asylum seekers isn’t always about protection

17th May 2016

“In Australia, conversation about people who seek asylum often feels disconnected from the people – the real flesh and blood people – whose lives are most affected. The reasons for this are complicated and contested.” In Australia, conversation about people…

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JRS volunteers: there for others and faithful to our mission

13th May 2016

The second week of May is National Volunteer Week, an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.

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Notification of Annual General Meeting

12th May 2016

NOTIFICATION OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The Annual General Meeting of JRS (Australia) Incorporated will be held on Thursday 9 June 2016 at the JRS Office, 24 Roslyn Street, Elizabeth Bay, starting at 4 pm. According to the Constitution, Associate Members…

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Partnering for Mercy: Arrupe Place

6th May 2016

This new partnership grew out of the work of the Shelter Project which JRS had established in 2007 in response to a shortage of affordable housing and services for those people seeking asylum living in the community.

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JRS condemns remarks by Minister for Immigration Peter Dutton

6th May 2016

The Jesuit Refugee Service Australia (JRS) welcomes the demand by the United Nations’ refugee agency (UNHCR) that Australia should immediately move the refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru to “humane conditions with adequate support and services”.

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JRS and OneSight eye clinic provides eyeglasses to 68 asylum seekers

3rd May 2016

Jesuit Refugee Service and OneSight, a global not-for-profit organisation and partner of OPSM, ran an eye care clinic that saw over 80 asylum seekers and provided people with free eye tests and a free pair of prescription eyeglasses, if needed.

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JRS calls on the Prime Minister to exercise moral and political leadership by ending offshore processing

29th April 2016

Jesuit Refugee Service Australia (JRS) calls on the Prime Minister to exercise moral and political leadership by ending the current policy of offshore processing of people seeking asylum in Australia. The decision by the PNG government to shut the Manus Island detention centre following the PNG Supreme Court’s finding that the detention of asylum seekers is unconstitutional and illegal has presented the Australian government with stark choices.

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Paying for stopping the boats

29th April 2016

This week we learnt that the human rights protection for asylum seekers in our former colony Papua New Guinea are more protected by the PNG constitution than they would be in Australia.

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“Build bridges, not walls” – The Jesuit Refugee Service welcomes Pope Francis’ solidarity with refugees

18th April 2016

On his visit to the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday Pope Francis told Europe and the world that “refugees are not numbers, they are people,” and then demonstrated in deed the depth of his commitment by taking three Syrian Muslim families, including six children, back to the Vatican on his flight.

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