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Australia: JRS calls on the Prime Minister to exercise moral and political leadership by ending offshore processing
Sydney, 29 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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Greece: Pope to refugees – “you are not alone”
Rome, 17 April 2016 – In his heartfelt visit to the Greek island of Lesbos yesterday, Pope Francis stood in solidarity with refugees and migrants, reminding them “you are not alone.”
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Global: 'no one says hello' – a story of four Syrian women
Rome, 4 April 2016 -- Mary, Miriam and Edith are three Syrian sisters from Damascus. They have been in Italy for a year and a half. Their mother arrived six months ago. But now they want to go back, despite the dangers of Syria. "Life is like a cinema," the mother said. "We are now blocked, as if our lives have stopped. We only have memories; it's like watching a movie of our lives."
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Cambodia: Accompaniment creates 'communities of love’
(Washington, D.C.) March 17, 2016 — For those forced into exile far from home, the fear of being alone and vulnerable can be soul crushing. For refugees and displaced persons, just knowing that someone is there can make all the difference. Few people know this power of accompaniment better than Sr. Denise Coghlan, director of Jesuit Refugee Service Cambodia.
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International Women’s Day: Recognising the strength and capacity of refugee women
Sydney, Australia, 8 March, 2016- Women and girls comprise about half of any refugee, internally displaced or stateless population across the world. On International Women’s day, it is important to remember that some of the most vulnerable, yet resilient, women in our society are newly arrived refugees.
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Asia Pacific: Harsh border policies not the whole story
Sydney, Australia, 1 March 2016- Regional Director Bambang Sipayung SJ recently visited JRS Australia. “I was impressed by the work at Arrupe Place which manifests accompaniment as one of the core values of JRS and does it in a collaborative way with a number of partners.”
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Praying with Refugees in Thailand: Accompaniment is the cornerstone of service
Mae Hong Son, Thailand, 29 February 2016- JRS International Director Fr Thomas H Smolich SJ visited Asia Pacific, the first office JRS opened, this past month. In his reflection he shares about how accompaniment is the cornerstone of the work of JRS.
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Australia: Arrupe Place wins community award
Sydney, 25 February 2016- JRS Australia has been awarded the ‘Exceptional Community Partnership in a LGA’ at the 2016 Zest Awards.
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Cambodia: mixed migration, protection for all
Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2 February 2016 – "I have a very strong belief that the consequence of mercy, charity, and love is justice," said Sr Denise Coghlan RSM, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Cambodia.
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Cambodia: Montagnard refugees' cases are finally heard
Phnom Penh, 22 January 2016 – In this historic period where the world is seeing millions of forcibly displaced people on the move, and countries breaching their obligations under international law to protect them, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is glad to see that a group of ethnic Vietnamese Montagnard refugees will have access to a fair asylum process in Cambodia.
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JRS expands services for refugees in Thailand
Bangkok, 18 January 2016- Jesuit Refugee Service in Bangkok had a busy 2015, ending a 12-month program that served almost 640 extremely vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers with projects dedicated to improve access to primary healthcare, medical services, mental health and psychosocial support.
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Vatican City: Pope Francis speaks out for World Day of Migrants and Refugees
Vatican City, 12 January 2016 – Yesterday, Pope Francis spoke out for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees to be celebrated on 17 January. In his speech, "Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us. The Response of the Gospel of Mercy," the Pope says that refugees and migrants are "people whose dignity is to be protected and who are capable of contributing to progress and the general welfare."
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Asia Pacific: JRS voices caution on Voluntary Repatriation of Myanmar refugees
Mae Hong Son, 18 December 2015- In the first week of December The Karenni Refugee Committee, UNHCR, Thailand's Ministry of Interior and World Education joined JRS staff as part of a 4-day workshop on Voluntary Repatriation hosted by JRS in Mae Hong Son, Thailand.
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JRS at 35: Honoring a nun’s dedication
(Washington D.C.)15 December 2015- Jesuit Refugee Service/USA commemorated 35 years of working alongside refugees and the displaced on Dec. 1, and presented JRS Cambodia Country Director Sr. Denise Coghlan, RSM with the JRS Accompany Award.
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Putting Mercy in Motion – JRS launches education campaign for refugee children and youth
Rome, 8 December 2015- As a concrete sign of commitment to the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) will launch the Mercy in Motion advocacy and fundraising campaign to expand and strengthen our education programmes. Our goal is to provide educational services to 100,000 more refugees than we currently do by the year 2020.
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Pope Francis welcomes JRS, supports global education initiative for refugee children and youth
(Rome) 16 November 2015 — In a private audience with 15 refugees and friends and staff of Jesuit Refugee Service to commemorate the 35th anniversary of JRS on Saturday, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of education for refugee children and youth as a means to build peace and foster the development of more resilient and cohesive societies.
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Australia: Arrupe Place wins 2015 Community Wellbeing Award
Sydney, 13 November 2015- The support services at Arrupe Place for people seeking asylum living in the community have been recognized with the 2015 Community Wellbeing Award given by the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
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Thailand: Education on the border
Mae Hong Son, 6 November 2015- JRS Thailand works in two camps in Mae Hong Son province: Ban Mai Nai Soi (camp one) and Ban Mae Surin (camp two). The schools in the camps are run by the Karenni Education Department (KnED) and are supported by JRS.

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JRS: A Crisis and a Challenge
Boston, 22 October 2015- Words and phrases matter a lot in the refugee crisis that has roiled Europe and the Middle East, according to Boston College faculty members.
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