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USA: An Open Letter to President Trump
Refugees are survivors. As Americans, we share their values: the will to overcome any obstacle, to assert independence, to defend hard-won freedoms, and to achieve success through sheer determination. (photo by Christian Fuchs — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA)
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Thailand: They just don't want us next door
9 January 2017 - The room is a room—not an apartment, not a flat, but mere four walls and an entrance door that never seems to shut well. They have been renting it for the better part of the last two years, yet there is no furniture to speak of.
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Thailand: Sustaining Livelihoods
Mae Sot, 16 December 2016- Sharing a border with Myawaddy of Burma/Myanmar, the Mae Sot district of Tak province, a north-western province of Thailand, is notable as a trade hub as well as its substantial population of both Burmese migrants and refugees. As the original project comes to a close we share 3 voices from the communities that JRS has helped. This is the voice of Daw Sein Nyeint who was a direct beneficiary of JRS support.
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Global: Remembering Fr. Kolvenbach’s commitment to refugees
Rome, 2 December 2016 - The Jesuit Refugee Service family remembers Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach SJ, who died in Beirut, Lebanon on 26 November. Fr. Kolvenbach served as the 29th Superior General of the Society of Jesus for almost twenty-five years and carried forward Fr. Arrupe’s legacy.
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Australia: A Crisis of Solidarity

Sydney, 1 December 2016- The Christmas story is steeped in irony. The shepherds who work on the edges of the city move to the centre of the world when they become the recipients of the angelic message. The Magi seeking a King are sent to see a newborn baby. The vulnerable child is in fact the Lord of the universe.


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Pope Francis: Wider protection for migrant and refugee children
Rome, 17 November 2016 – On the occasion of Universal Children's Day on November 20th, we echo Pope Francis’ appeal “to adopt every possible measure to guarantee the protection and safety of child migrants.” In this time of epic human displacement, “children constitute the most vulnerable group, because as they face the life ahead of them, they are invisible and voiceless”.
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The commitment continues: Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and the election
Washington D.C. 16 November 2016-Dear Friends and Fellow Americans, It has been just over a week since the divisive presidential campaign came to its surprising conclusion. We have taken this time to consider soberly the implications of the upcoming change of administration, and its possible effect on the refugees and forced migrants which Jesuit Refugee Service/USA seeks to serve.
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Cambodia: Srey Puth creates change through education
Battambang, 14 November 2016 - Srey Puth is a young and dynamic Cambodian woman. She was born in the late eighties in a refugee camp at the Thai-Cambodia border. During that time war ravaged the region. Armed groups planted the earth with landmines and cluster bombs all over the country.
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Australia: JRS welcomes resettlement deal with the United States
Sydney, 13 November 2016- Jesuit Refugee Service Australia (JRS) welcomes today’s announcement by the Australian government that some refugees on Nauru and Manus Island will be resettled in the United States. The one-off arrangement for recognised refugees on Nauru and Manus Island will prioritise the resettlement of women, children, and family groups, but will also include male refugees on Manus Island. The government has so far provided no timeframes or specific details on the number of people who will be eligible.
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Australia: Who is my neighbour?
Sydney, 10 November 2016- “We decide who is coming here.” Malcolm Turnbull must have been hoping to gain both the conservative chops and the electoral success of former Prime Minister John Howard when he uttered these words in defence of his plans to ban asylum seekers who have arrived in Australia on boats from ever entering Australia. It was Howard of course who perfected the art of dog-whistle politics when he said in 2001 that “we will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come.”
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Jesuit Refugee Service condemns lifetime ban for refugees arriving by boat
Sydney, 31 October 2016- Jesuit Refugee Service Australia (JRS) condemns Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s announcement that people arriving by boat to seek asylum in Australia, and currently held in Nauru and Papua New Guinea, would be banned for life from entering Australia.
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Australia: City of Parramatta shows strong leadership and welcomes refugees
Sydney 28 October 2016 -National, state and local bodies have welcomed the commitment by the City of Parramatta in formalising their strong leadership in welcoming refugees into their city by becoming the latest Council to join the Refugee Welcome Zone initiative.
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Rome: Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2017
Rome 18 October 2016- Migration today is not a phenomenon limited to some areas of the planet. It affects all continents and is growing into a tragic situation of global proportions. Not only does this concern those looking for dignified work or better living conditions, but also men and women, the elderly and children, who are...
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Australia: Why stopping the boats does not solve the problem – Part 3
11 October 2016, Sydney- Every minute of every day in 2015, around 24 people were displaced from their homes. That amounted to 34,000 people per day, worldwide, who were forced to seek refuge elsewhere. These large numbers of newly displaced persons further swelled the 16.1 million refugees in the world who, according to the UN Agency for Refugees (UNHCR), were already displaced.
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Global: Stopping the use of Cluster Munitions everywhere and forever is urgent
6 September 2016- Sr. Denise Coghlan R.S.M. shares her opening statement given yesterday in Geneva at the annual meeting of State Parties to the United Nations-backed pact banning cluster bombs. 
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Australia: Why stopping the boats does not solve the problem – Part 2
5 September 2016- The war in Syria continues on with no end in sight. For six years, Syrians have lived under a black cloud of misery and death. The numbers of refugees produced by this conflict is staggering: over 4.8 million people have managed to escape the horror and violence of the civil war; these are the lucky ones, the refugees fortunate enough to cross international borders into neighbouring countries in search of safety and protection.
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Halwo's tale – My land is yours to have
2 September 2016- She didn't want her face splayed on photographs or her real name
printed in bold on pages of unknown, unimaginably far-away newspapers.
But Halwo* wanted people to know. To know that lives of the other are
here, present and stingingly overlooked.
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Australia: JRS calls on the Prime Minister to immediately close the offshore processing centres on Nauru and Manus Island
11 August 2016 Sydney- “It beggars belief that Minister Dutton would characterise the two recent incidents of self-immolation on Nauru as a pathway to Australia. The Minister needs to be reminded that one person died, and the other was severely maimed, as a result...
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Myanmar: Enlightening the candle of future in Kachin
Myitkyina, 29 July 2016- Fr. Bambang Sipayung, the Regional Director of JRS Asia Pacific, reflects on his visit to Myitkyina, Myanmar to see the teachers training project organized by Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).
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