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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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Caritas Internationalis and the Jesuit Refugee Service welcome the outcome document of the UN Summit on Refugees and Migration

8th September 2016

Our organisations welcome the outcome document to be adopted on 19 September 2016 as an important step towards the global governance of migration and development. We have long called for a people-centred, human rights and dignity approach to internal and international migrants and refugees. We welcome the focus on respecting the rights of all migrants and a shared responsibility for refugee reception.

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JRS calls on the Prime Minister to immediately close the offshore processing centres on Nauru and Manus Island

11th August 2016

The Jesuit Refugee Service Australia (JRS) urges the Prime Minister to exercise moral and political leadership by immediately closing the offshore processing centres on Nauru and Manus Island.

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Jesuit Refugee Service International presents its 2015 Annual Report

11th July 2016

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 July 2016

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 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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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 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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“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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Better vision for people seeking asylum

23rd March 2016

More than 80 people attended a free eye care clinic in Parramatta, organised for asylum seekers by OneSight in partnership with Jesuit Refugee Service

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