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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COVID-19 and People Seeking Asylum: Reflections from the front line by Martina Thiermann

18th
May

My name is Martina and I am a caseworker at Arrupe Place, JRS Australia’s community center in Westmead. I am part of a team of specialist caseworkers who work on the front line with people seeking asylum, refugees and other…

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How to help refugees and people seeking asylum during COVID-19

13th
May

During COVID-19, JRS Australia continues supporting and serving refugees, people seeking asylum and migrants in vulnerable situations. Many women, children and men are struggling. You can help: (1) Please donate money to JRS Australia’s Emergency Cash Appeal. This money will go…

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NOTIFICATION OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – June 2020

13th
May

The Annual General Meeting of JRS Australia Incorporated will be held on Thursday 18th June 2020. Due to the current social distancing requirements because of COVID-19 the meeting will be held on ZOOM starting at 4 pm. According to the…

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How to help refugees and people seeking asylum during COVID-19

4th May 2020

During COVID-19, JRS Australia continues supporting and serving refugees, people seeking asylum and migrants in vulnerable situations. Many women, children and men are struggling. You can help: (1) Please donate money to JRS Australia’s Emergency Cash Appeal. This money will go…

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Apply now! JRS seeks a Volunteer Coordinator

11th February 2020

This exciting position requires an experienced volunteer coordinator to be responsible for recruiting, training, supervising and supporting our dedicated team of volunteers.  The volunteer coordinator will also promote client volunteers and will work to maintain a roster of advocates and…

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Spring Appeal 2019

8th October 2019

I am writing to thank everyone who supported our latest Winter Appeal. With the help of people like you, JRS has become one of the main providers for refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia. Each year we serve thousands…

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NEWS

Key Federal Labor MPs in Sydney

11th December 2018

Tanya Plibersek Member for Sydney (02) 9379 0700 Email: Tanya.Plibersek.mp@aph.gov.au Anthony Albanese Member for Grayndler (02) 9564 3588 Email: a.albanese.mp@aph.gov.au Chris Bowen Member for McMahon (02) 9604 0710 Chris.Bowen.MP@aph.gov.au Tony Burke Member for Watson (02) 9750 9088 Tony.Burke.MP@aph.gov.au Linda Burney…

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Commitment To Safeguarding Children & Young People

5th July 2017

Commitment To Safeguarding Children & Young People

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Two teenage Syrian refugee girls find home in a new place

30th March 2017

Nada and Zakiya, two teenage Syrian refugee girls, share their stories of flight and finding a new home in Lebanon.

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Bringing light to the child migrants in our midst

17th November 2016

On the occasion of Universal Children’s Day on November 20th, we echo Pope Francis’ appeal “to adopt every possible measure to guarantee the protection and safety of child migrants.” In this time of epic human displacement, “children constitute the most vulnerable group, because as they face the life ahead of them, they are invisible and voiceless”.

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Who is my neighbour?

9th November 2016

“We decide who is coming here.” Malcolm Turnbull must have been hoping to gain both the conservative chops and the electoral success of former Prime Minister John Howard when he uttered these words in defence of his plans to ban asylum seekers who have arrived in Australia on boats from ever entering Australia. It was Howard of course who perfected the art of dog-whistle politics when he said in 2001 that “we will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come.”

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Jesuit Refugee Service condemns lifetime ban for refugees arriving by boat

31st October 2016

Jesuit Refugee Service Australia (JRS) condemns Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s announcement that people arriving by boat to seek asylum in Australia, and currently held in Nauru and Papua New Guinea, would be banned for life from entering Australia.

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City of Parramatta shows strong leadership and welcomes refugees

24th October 2016

National, state and local bodies have welcomed the commitment by the City of Parramatta in formalising their strong leadership in welcoming refugees into their city by becoming the latest Council to join the Refugee Welcome Zone initiative.

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Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2017

14th October 2016

Migration today is not a phenomenon limited to some areas of the planet. It affects all continents and is growing into a tragic situation of global proportions. Not only does this concern those looking for dignified work or better living conditions, but also men and women, the elderly and children, who are forced to leave their homes in the hope of finding safety, peace and security. Children are the first among those to pay the heavy toll of emigration, almost always caused by violence, poverty, environmental conditions, as well as the negative aspects of globalization. The unrestrained competition for quick and easy profit brings with it the cultivation of perverse scourges such as child trafficking, the exploitation and abuse of minors and, generally, the depriving of rights intrinsic to childhood as sanctioned by the International Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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Why resettlement is not the solution to the world’s refugee crisis

10th October 2016

Every minute of every day in 2015, around 24 people were displaced from their homes. That amounted to 34,000 people per day, worldwide, who were forced to seek refuge elsewhere. These large numbers of newly displaced persons further swelled the 16.1 million refugees in the world who, according to the UN Agency for Refugees (UNHCR), were already displaced.

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Announcement of new appointments in the Jesuit Refugee Service

29th September 2016

The International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), Fr Thomas H. Smolich SJ, has appointed Fr Aloysious Mowe SJ as the Director of Advocacy and Communications at the JRS International Office in Rome. Fr Mowe currently serves as the Country Director for JRS Australia, a position he has held since January 2011. He will begin his term at the JRS International Office on 1st May 2017.

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