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03 Sep 2018 description

Overview Refugee Children in Addis Ababa

As of August 2018 a total of 22’802 refugees reside in Addis Ababa, mostly from Eritrea, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and the Great Lakes region. Of the total urban refugee population 7698 (34%) are children. 868 are unaccompanied and separated (377 UAC, 491 SC). Whereas 18’981 refugees are residing in Addis under the Out of Camp Policy, 3821 refugees are urban assisted due to their medical, protection or humanitarian needs and receiving financial assistance from UNHCR and partners.

03 Jul 2018 description

Europe: Three years after the EU Migration Agenda – report launch

19 Feb 2018 description

Amman, 19 February 2018 – Led by her passion for Middle Eastern culture and determination to foster relationships through language, Elizabeth Woods has truly made an impact on the lives of the refugees she serves in Jordan. As JRS Jordan’s Director of Urban Refugee Support, she and her team manage a program that offers home visits to provide psychosocial support, referral services, and cash assistance to urban refugees of any nationality, as well as Jordanian nationals in need in Amman. “It’s about supporting the needs of the increasing number of urban refugees.

12 Feb 2018 description

Bangkok, 12 February 2018 – The story of Absame, an asylum seeker living in Bangkok, shows incredible bravery, resilience, and persistence. He embraced opportunities for education and utilised his perseverance and skills to find informal employment under extremely tough circumstances. Above all, he perseveres with the hope of a better future. Jesuit Refugee Service Thailand (JRS) has been privileged to accompany him in his courageous journey.

12 Dec 2017 description

Addis Ababa, 12 December 2017 – The traditional image of refugees in sprawling rural settlements and camps no long accurately depicts the reality of today’s refugee situation. With more than half of the world’s refugees living in cities and urban areas, the refugee experience itself has changed in many ways. The life of a forced migrant in an urban environment is often one invisibility and simultaneous exposure. Urban refugees and asylum seekers constantly face protection risks and are often denied access to basic services, exposing them to unique social vulnerabilities.

17 Oct 2017 description

Rome, 17 October 2017 – A symposium called Religion and Responses to Migrants and Refugees in Europe: The Catholic Church in Comparative Perspective took place in Rome between 12 and 14 October. It was organized by the University of Notre Dame, together with the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. The key question it sought to address was how religion can play a role in integrating people and facilitating encounters and dialogue.

27 Oct 2016 description

Berlin, 20 October 2016 – Beyond the so-called "refugee crisis" in Europe, countries bordering conflict around the world are under increasing pressure to care for people on the move. Attempts by policymakers to respond to refugees in a coordinated and dignified way have never been more important in order to ensure that the rights refugees are upheld.

01 Jul 2016 description

Nairobi, 27 June 2016 – Angela Wells, JRS Eastern Africa Communications Officer, writes for Refugees Deeply on the devastating consequences of the Kenyan government's newest restrictions on refugees.

Said Abdullah's daily life in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, has become a testament to the struggle to survive for Somali refugees in an increasingly hostile country.

10 May 2016 description

Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) providing assistance to refugees in Kenya acknowledge the hospitality and responsibility that the Government of Kenya has borne over decades. Despite the huge economic and social pressure, Kenya continues to host close to 600,000[1] refugees and asylum seekers from neighbouring countries, the majority being from Somalia and South Sudan. In addition, the Burundi conflict has also led to an influx of refugees from the country into the Kakuma refugee camp.

13 Feb 2015 description

Rome, 9 February 2015 – Kakuma camp hosts more than 170,000 refugees, mainly from Somalia and South Sudan. After fleeing violence and famine at home, refugees arrive to Kakuma in need of food, shelter and security, among others. Often suffering from loss and trauma, specialised psychosocial support is in big demand, particularly due to recent influxes of Somalis and South Sudanese refugees. Yet the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is currently the only organisation in the camp providing psychosocial support.

24 Sep 2014 description

Amman, 24 September 2014 - After an endless drive through lanes of auto-repair shops buzzing with workers, many of them children, a small brick house emerged, tucked away behind Amman's hills.

Leaning on the mismatched metal frames at the entrance, we took off our shoes and treaded on ragged carpets, shivering from the early February chills.

When the family arrived in December, Atega and her family found a snow-covered Amman with no other belongings than the same clothes they were wearing on the day of our visit.

20 Jun 2014 description

Losing the space to live in dignity and safety

Nairobi, 20 June 2014 – Imagine waking up one morning to find a story in the newspaper saying you have to move to a refugee camp. After fleeing your home and struggling for years to make a life for yourself in Kenya – learning the language, getting an education – you are being displaced again. This time you are being sent 800km away to the desert. This happened not once, but twice in the last 18 months.

09 May 2013 description

Nairobi, 9 May 2013 – Ever since the Kenya government decided last December to order all refugees living in urban areas to move to camps and ceased registration of asylum seekers in urban areas, fear and hardship have descended on the Kenyan capital. In particular Somali refugees, as well as Kenyans of Somali origin, have been subjected to increased harassment. Despite efforts by Kenyan NGOs to block the implementation of the directive, hospitality to refugees is at an all-time low.

03 May 2013 description

Beirut, 3 May 2013 – The opportunity for a moment of peace and quiet has all but vanished in Damascus. As violence in the 4,000 year-old city escalates, accompanied by acute shortages of daily commodities, it becomes harder to enjoy the simple things in life, much less a family meal.

01 Mar 2013 description

Amman, 1 March 2013 – Abu Hassan has been the director of the informal education project for nearly five years. In its early years, the school in Ashrafiyeh catered only to Iraqi refugees. But as Jordan hosts more refugees, the JRS school has adapted to the changing situation.

19 Feb 2013 description

Beirut, 20 February 2013 – For many volunteers in Syria who spend their time working with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), the day is only over once they have spoken to their family, and reassured them of their safety.

One way of getting around this was, explained, Huda*, JRS volunteer in Aleppo, to invite her father to work with her at the warehouse where distribution of emergency supplies, winter shoes and clothes takes place. This has sparked a trend amongst the other volunteers, who have also begun inviting their parents to take part.

30 Jan 2013 description

Nairobi, 24 January 2013 – A number of civil society groups, including the Jesuit Refugee Service, strongly urged the Kenyan government on Tuesday to end police harassment and abuse of refugees and protect the basic human rights of all refugees and Kenyan citizens.

05 Nov 2012 description

Amman, 30 October 2012 – Situated in a quiet neighbour on top of a hill, it would be easy to confuse Ashrafiyeh as just another school in east Amman. But few of the students share a common language, or religious and cultural traditions. Most have been forced to flee conflict and survive on the margins of society. They need to be supported and kept engaged. This is the approach taken by teachers in the JRS school in Jordan.

18 Oct 2012 description

Dollo Ado, 11 October 2012 – The deeper we travelled towards the southeastern Ethiopian-Somali border, the hotter it became. Our tents became excruciatingly hot during the day; and when it rained, they flooded. This was the challenging reality of a Jesuit Refugee Service team member in Melkadida camp when the Dollo Ado project first began operations in November 2011.