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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Celebrating the life and work of Jesuit Priest ‘Abouna Frans’ who was tragically gunned down in Syria

20th
Apr

Just over three years ago, Jesuit priest Fr. Frans Van Der Lugt (known as Abouna Frans) was brutally gunned down in Homs after dedicating his life to serving the Syrian people. And while the people in Syria still face the devastation that war brings, because of people like Abouna Frans, their compassion, kindness and courage, not all is lost.

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Refugee convoy attack in Syria reminds us why we need to come together and show our support for refugees

16th
Apr

At least 109 people are dead after a suicide attack on a refugee convoy outside Aleppo that occurred on Easter Saturday. It is thought at least 80 children are among those slaughtered in the attack.

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An update on Syria and the escalating violence in the region

8th
Apr

There have been weeks of fresh violence in Syria with a suspected chemical attack in Idlib province, along with bomb explosions and shelling in Damascus.

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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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JRS Australia starts search for new Country Director

24th October 2016

The Country Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organisation according to the strategic direction set by JRS International and the JRS Australia Board of Directors.

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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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Civil Society from across the Asia Pacific meets for 6th Asia Pacific Consultation on Refugee Rights

23rd September 2016

“We are at a critically important juncture where there are great opportunities for tangible changes to be made. We have seen some very promising developments in the region that can be capitalised upon.” BANGKOK, 22 September 2016 – Over a…

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An inter-religious statement on behalf of forced migrants

21st September 2016

In this year of the Jubilee of Mercy, announced by Pope Francis, in conjunction with the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca and on today’s occasion of the UN International Day of Peace, Catholic and Muslim leaders stand in solidarity to call upon all governments, religious institutions, and people of good-will to work together in tackling the root causes of forced migration.

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Indigenous elders welcome people seeking asylum to Parramatta

15th September 2016

The Parramatta area has been a meeting place for people of different nations and languages for many generations before the first English speakers arrived in this land. So it was fitting that a group of asylum seekers, who arrived in Australia from many lands, came together in this place to learn and share in the rich culture of the original inhabitants of the area.

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Parramatta community welcomes refugees

12th September 2016

On a warm September evening, in the heart of Parramatta, over 150 people from all over the world gathered to share a meal.

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