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Rome, 17 July 2012 – The number of forcibly displaced persons benefiting from Jesuit Refugee Service work grew by approximately 10 percent in 2011, according to the figures published in the organisation's latest annual report. The latest increase brings the total number of beneficiaries to more than 700,000 for the first time in the 30-year history of JRS.
Rome, 16 November – On a visit to Rome, Elisabeth Wonok, of the Little Sisters of Jesus, shared her concern over the fate of persons not officially recognised as refugees living in the Choucha camp in Tunisia on the border with Libya.
JRS has expressed concern for the many unrecognised refugees, mainly sub-Saharan Africans, although not considered eligible for resettlement to third countries, say they are unable to return to their countries of origin.
Brussels, Rome, 24 February 2010 - Following the upheaval in Tunisia which has prompted thousands of migrants across the region to flee, the Jesuit Refugee Service has urged the European Union and its member states to respect the rights of those arriving on its shores.
In a letter to the Hungarian Presidency of the EU, JRS reminded member states that migrants should not be turned away at sea, and that persons who need protection be given access to an asylum procedure.
The letter stressed that nobody, should be automatically detained or in any other way deprived of his or her …