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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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Rome: JRS appoints new International Director
14 October 2015- “I’m deeply honored and grateful that Fr General would ask me to do this because JRS really speaks to the heart of Jesuit identity and our Jesuit mission. It’s going where the need is greatest,” Fr Smolich said.
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Australia: JRS urges Australia to increase humanitarian intake
Sydney, 8 September 2015- The impact of the Syrian refugee crisis in Europe has jolted Australia into realising that it needs to respond more urgently and generously to the humanitarian disaster caused by the Syrian conflict. JRS Australia welcomes the Australian government’s determination to provide further assistance to those fleeing conflict in the Middle East.
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Myanmar and Thailand: Is the border ready for repatriation?
Mae Hong Son, 21 August 2015- In an interview on July 20, 2015 with BBC NEWS current Senior General Min Aung Hlaing of Myanmar stated until there is a lasting peace agreement and a ceasefire among ethnic groups that the Military would not leave the political arena over security concerns. "It could be five years or 10 years - I couldn't say," he said.
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Asia Pacific- The Journey of a Rohingya
Bangkok, 14 August 2015- The Archbishop of Rangoon, Charles Bo, in his New Year message emphasised the value of fraternity and unity in diversity and invited the government of Myanmar and the international community to resolve the issues related to citizenship. The Rohingya flee for religious and political reasons as they face persecution for being Muslim and are considered stateless by the government.
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Indonesia: Education in Cisarua
Cisarua, August 3, 2015- Endearing staff outside Jakarta have genuine concerns about the urban refugee situation in Indonesia. Their work with Afghan refugees, among others, was an enlightening experience for visiting JRS staff.
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Thailand- Access to Education in rural villages and in Bangkok
Bangkok, 3 July 2015 - From a village with almost no electricity to the bright, flashing lights of the Thai capital Kyi Thar is filled with hopeful energy. When he left his small village in Myanmar years ago little did he realize he would end up living in Bangkok.
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World Refugee Day: push forward, not back
Rome, 15 June 2015 – For World Refugee Day this weekend, the Jesuit Refugee Service urges you to remember that the key to change is within each of us. While governments decide to accept or reject refugees, only we have the power to truly welcome them. We must change our fixed view of refugees as 'the other.'
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Thailand - Psychosocial Accompaniment for Women & Girls in Bangkok
Bangkok, 10 June 2015 - The sessions of group psychosocial counselling that JRS Thailand provides to women and to unaccompanied girls help build a sense of normalcy in an abnormal setting.
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