Bangkok: The Urban Refugee, the Sacrament of God
Bangkok, 26 July 2016 - Fr. Jae-wook Lee SJ shares his experience volunteering with JRS in Bangkok and how the real lives of refugees is one of struggle in the urban setting.


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Reflection: My experience with urban refugees in Indonesia

14 June 2016- My name is Gifttra, an IT student from President University. I am now in my last period of study, and I am in an ongoing formation process of Magis Jakarta, a community that helps me to know more about God. This community offers me an array of different methods in searching for God. One of it is immersion, learning while living with marginalized communities. I was placed in JRS Bogor together with my 3 friends Risha, Dony, and Ririn.



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Australia: Partnering for Mercy- The Arrupe Place

Sydney, 9 May 2016- Was it serendipity or providence? Fr Aloysious Mowe SJ, Director of Jesuit Refugee Service Australia (JRS), says a chance encounter with Sr Catherine Ryan at a celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy in 2014, led him to ask if the Sisters of Mercy had any available properties in the Parramatta area.



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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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Thailand: 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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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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Global: 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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Bangkok: Basketball and Accompaniment

October 16, 2015- Psychosocial Counselor Jennifer Martin shares a reflection after a day of accompaniment with urban refugees in Bangkok. The empathy and quality of our staff who provide accompaniment and health services to Bangkok's urban refugees is vital to the work of JRS. 


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Indonesia: Education in 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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Indonesia - Choosing To Be Empowered
June 11th, 2015 - Women and children are most vulnerable in regards to various issues arising during conflict and displacement. Often, they are suffering when having to deal with the social, political, educational, cultural and economic impact of war or forced displacement
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Australia - Ugandan lawyer welcomed
May 4th 2015 - Homosexuals in Uganda are ostracised: named and attacked in local newspapers, openly discriminated against and in many cases persecuted at the hands of a fearful and homophobic community. This is Simon’s* story.
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Video: Global approach to urban refugee issues
(Washington, D.C.) April 27, 2012 - Jesuit Refugee Service has long recognized that serving urban refugee populations is a major challenge. Isolation, restrictive and inadequate government policies and resource constraints all take on increased significance in urban settings.

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Thailand: Women live as invisible refugees to survive in the big city
Bangkok, October 3, 2011 – Adhi has given up hope. When she left Sri Lanka with her four children in 2009 she did not know what to expect. All that she was looking for was a place where she could finally feel safe from the war that had been devastating Sri Lanka for the past 20 years.
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Cambodia: Resettlement no longer an option for urban refugees

Phnom Penh, September 15, 2010 -- The urban refugee population in Cambodia comprises people from all corners of the world. Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Burma, Sudan, China and Vietnam are just a few countries from which refugees living in Phnom Penh originate. Porous borders and the fact that Cambodia is a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention are the standard reasons refugees give for seeking asylum in Cambodia.

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Australia: asylum seekers struggle to rebuild their lives with little government support
Sydney, 4 September 2010 – Yussef (not his real name) came to Australia as an asylum seeker seven months ago. He left home country, his job and family behind and came to Australia, hoping to find a 'safe home' for his wife and children. Yussef applied for asylum soon after his arrival and hoped he would receive a quick decision.


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Asia Pacific: What is an urban refugee?

Bangkok, 11 August, 2010 – Jesuit Refugee Service, one of the few organizations to assist refugees in urban settings worldwide, has long recognized the severe state of neglect of urban refugees, and has tried to address these needs. Through advocacy to UNHCR and local authorities, direct assistance with food, housing and medical expenses, education, livelihood projects, and counselling and referral services, JRS addresses the broad spectrum of needs of urban refugees.


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Thailand: Living in fear of detention and deportation

Bangkok, 24 July 2010 - Az Bhatti fled Pakistan due to religious persecution in September 2008. He is one of an estimated 2,600 urban refugees and asylum seekers living in Bangkok, Thailand. Az is from a religious minority group called the Ahmadiyya, who are considered heretical by orthodox Muslims in Pakistan.  A number of laws have been passed that make it a criminal offence for Ahmadis to profess, practice and preach their faith. “We can’t use Muslim verses. We can’t even say salaam alaikum,” says Az sadly.

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