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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Why stopping the boats does not solve the problem – Part 1

28th
Jul

Austria’s foreign minister recently suggested that people seeking asylum in Europe should not be allowed to enter the continent, but should be held on offshore islands instead. Sebastian Kurz said that the principles of the “Australian model” should be applied to Europe, and went as far as to suggest that people who entered Europe “illegally” should lose their right to apply for asylum.

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Jesuit Refugee Service International presents its 2015 Annual Report

11th
Jul

In 2015, the Jesuit Refugee Service reaffirmed its commitment to education with the Global Education Initiative and the launch of the Mercy in Motion campaign. Last year, JRS served 724,551 people, 141,333 through education projects. Recognising education is a concrete and durable solution to build more resilient communities, JRS aims to increase this number by 100,000 people by 2020.

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JRS awarded community grant to help build resilient, vibrant and healthy communities in the Parramatta LGA

7th
Jul

The City of Parramatta has awarded Jesuit Refugee Service Australia with a community grant at a ceremony on Wednesday 29 June, 2016. The grant will be used by JRS to provide employment training and English language classes to people seeking asylum who are living in the Parramatta Local Government Area (LGA) in order that they may become self-sufficient, connected, and productive members of the local community…

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JRS Winter Clothing Bazaar

20th July 2016

On the 5th and 6th of July, JRS held its second annual Winter Clothing Bazaar. The Bazaar was an opportunity for people seeking asylum and living in Western Sydney to get warm clothing as the cold winter months set in.

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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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With courage let us take a stand

22nd June 2016

The theme of Refugee Week 2016 in Australia is “with courage let us all combine”, words taken from the second verse of “Advance Australia Fair”. It is a week filled with celebrations, speeches, exhibitions, and events, all recognising the resilience, strength, and contributions of refugees to Australia. Yet, as I sit down to write an uplifting reflection on Refugee Week, I struggle to find the hope and joy of previous years.

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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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Australia’s asylum seeker policy Stockholm Syndrome

20th June 2016

The page containing the article, “Australia’s asylum seeker policy Stockholm Syndrome”, is unavailable for the present.

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

27th May 2016

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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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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JRS joins the revolution of tenderness and love

11th May 2016

State Labor MP Julia Finn has congratulated volunteers and staff at Jesuit Refugee Service on the launch of a new community Centre in Parramatta, saying such facilities played an important role in the resettlement of refugees.

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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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