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Australia: shutting the door in the face of a global humanitarian crisis
Yogyakarta, 20 November 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service observes with deep sadness yet another sudden retroactive change in the policy of Australia towards people seeking international protection in Southeast Asia. Yesterday, the government of Australia announced its decision to stop the resettlement of refugees who had registered with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Indonesia on or after the 1 July 2014. The number of refugees resettled by Australia from Indonesia will also be further reduced in 2015.
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Solidarity with refugee flood victims in Mae Hong Son
Mae Hong Son, 3 September 2014 – Schools significantly damaged by flash-flooding in Ban Mai Nai Soi and Ban Mae Surin Camps last week are now benefiting from volunteer support.

Heavy rains followed by flash flooding and landslides in the early hours of Wednesday 27th August have killed two people and displaced one hundred and fifty four households in the Thai-Burma border refugee camps commonly known as Camp 1 and 2. Surrounding Thai villages were also affected.
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JRS calls for a regional response to forced migration
The need for cross-border and regional collaboration on refugees has never been greater, and Australia has the potential to play a leading role in the development of a regional response to forced migration in the Asia-Pacific region, says Jesuit Refugee Service.
JRS’ recently-released paper titled A Regional Response to Forced Migration says Australia can no longer ignore its duty in helping to establish an agreement that will ensure governments share the burden of displacement and provide safe pathways for the 8.4 million displaced people currently living in the Asia-Pacific region.
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The thoughts and prayers of JRS Asia Pacific are with people in the Philippines as they weather Typhoon Glenda
Bangkok, 17 July 2014 - The thoughts and prayers of JRS Asia Pacific are with our friends and partner organisations in the Philippines as they weather Typhoon Rammasun, known locally as Glenda. According to Bloomberg coverage of local government announcements more than 338,000 people have already been displaced by the storm. Until recently, the Philippines was on the road to recovery after Typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda. Since November 2013, JRS Asia Pacific and JRS Indonesia have been assisting with those recovery efforts by sending programme staff on secondment to Manila and the Dinagat Islands to support a local Community Based Organisation - Simbanhang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB) in their work with people who were forced from their homes by that emergency. As NGOs and CBOs across the Philippines prepare themselves to respond once again to the needs of displaced people, JRS Asia Pacific would like to express our solidarity with all those impacted by Typhoon Glenda. For now, to all in the affected areas, please be on alert and stay safe. We wish you all the best.
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World Refugee Day statement: finding safe spaces together
Rome, 20 June 2014 – Today on World Refugee Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service commemorates the courage and endurance of the millions of people forced to flee their homes, and the many who welcome them into their communities. In the last 12 months, the numbers of people displaced due to conflict – more than two-thirds from Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic – and human rights abuses have reached 50 million. Mass displacement is at a 20 year high, on a scale not seen since the wars in former Yugoslavia.
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Praying with Refugees in Thailand: hope in a foreign land
Bangkok, 6 June 2014 – Bright light was filtering through the rainbow paned glass in the Jesuit chapel as the Jesuit Refugee Service Asia Pacific staff from the Philippines, Indonesia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Thailand all gathered around Amber*, a small baby in the arms of her parents, Sheeba* and Dawood*, from Pakistan.
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Thailand: fleeing to fear and isolation
Bangkok, 14 May 2014 – A padlocked gate separates three Vietnamese Hmong families in their Bangkok apartment from the rest of the sprawling city. The children rarely leave to play in the fresh air.

Their parents fear if they step out the front door they could be arrested for not having a legal Thai visa or, worse, deported back to Vietnam, where they could face the reality of the brutal persecution which triggered their initial escape.

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People seeking refuge in Australia may be resettled in Cambodia
Bangkok, 8 May 2014 - Jesuit Refugee Service Asia Pacific (JRSAP) is deeply concerned about the Australian Government’s request to Cambodia to resettle refugees from Australia’s off shore processing centre on Nauru Island. A spokesperson for the Cambodian Foreign Ministry has stated that Cambodia has agreed “in principle” to the request but was still considering its feasibility. He added that Cambodia would only accept refugees who agree to come to Cambodia.

JRS calls upon the Government of Australia to live up to its obligations under international law to guarantee adequate protection to these vulnerable individuals who have sought asylum in Australia, to ensure that they have due process and if they are found to be refugees to grant them protection in Australia.

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When the boats come in
Most recent public opinion polls show that a significant majority of Australians support the harsh policies of the present government towards asylum seekers who come on boats. I know of no recent survey of attitudes in the Australian Catholic population towards the same issue, but it cannot have escaped us that the current policies have been put in place by a government led by a Catholic (and former seminarian) who wears his faith on his sleeve, and that the Minister for Immigration lists “Church” as his favourite hobby in “Who’s Who”.

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Unrest in Bangkok
Bangkok,18 February 2014 – A rising sense of fear in urban refugee communities is an unintended consequence of the ongoing civil unrest in Bangkok. The JRS Thailand teams serving these vulnerable communities have witnessed the increased tension and done their best to provide encouragement to refugees in Bangkok, even while wondering themselves, whether or not they would make it into the office each day.

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Violence displaced returnee communities anew
Mindanao,12 February 2014 - Internally Displaced returnee communities in Maguindanao and North Cotabato, in the southern Philippines, were forced to flee once again, just one day after the signing of the last annex of the Bangsamoro Framework (FAB), the much anticipated peace agreement between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the government of the Philippines, on 26th January, 2014.
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Jesuit Refugee Service to support displaced students get back to school
Bangkok, 6 January 2014 - The fire incident took place in the afternoon of December 28, 2013. The cause of the fire is still unclear. As the sector lead for education, JRS will work with the Karenni Education Department (KnED) in providing the learning needs of twenty-nine students affected by the fire.
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JRS Asia Pacific receives Tara Award
Bangkok , 29 November 2013 – Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Asia Pacific recently received a 'Tara Award' from Mae Chee Sansanee Sthirasuta, a popular Buddhist nun in Thailand, founder of the Sathira Dhammasathan Centre. This Year, the Tara Award was given to 999 individuals and organizations that make a positive impact on society.
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Thailand: marginalisation in the metropolis
Bangkok, 25 November 2013 – The term 'refugee' still conjures up images of thousands of tents lined up side-by-side, yet most of the more than 40 million forcibly displaced persons around the world live in urban areas. Living in small, marginalised communities, 'urban refugees' are often ignored by local and international media. Crisis is not only the massive influx of refugees, but the day-to-day struggle of these almost 'invisible' people to survive in metropolises.
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Regional Director's Letter - JRS Anniversary 2013: Rekindling our sharing
Bangkok, 14 November 2013 - Amsa, a Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Indonesia staff member working in the Immigration Detention Center (IDC) in Pasuruan, East Java, Indonesia recently told me of his experience observing the sharing of Afghan detainees during Nawruz, the Persian New Year celebration.
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Asia Pacific: Jesuit Refugee Service to support local Philippine relief efforts
Bangkok, 14 November 2013 – In the face of the enormous destruction and displacement wrought by typhoon Haiyan, the Jesuit Refugee Service has decided the most practical immediate response is to provide logistical support to Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan, a local Jesuit-led organisation.
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Australia: Asylum seekers facing more difficulties
Sydney, 29 October 2013 - The installation of the new federal government has intensified the difficulties being experienced by the more than 2,200 asylum seekers currently detained on Christmas Island, the 1,061 transferred to Manus Island and 827 sent to Nauru.
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Thailand: JC:HEM commences in Mae Hong Son
Mae Hong Son, 10 October 2013 - After much hard work and anticipation, the first course of the Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM) programme in Mae Hong Son (MHS) started at Camp 1 on 20 September 2013.
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Australia: community detention, a humane alternative
Sydney, 26 September 2013 – Moved by the plight of vulnerable asylum-seeking minors being held in detention centres, a group of Australian advocates lobbied successfully for the implementation of community detention as a viable, humane alternative, giving asylum seekers an opportunity to engage in a more meaningful existence while awaiting the outcome of their asylum application.
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