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Jesuit Refugee Service Europe has joined Caritas Europe in calling on European leaders to alter their approach to migration, as European Union members gathered today to discussion migration policies for the region.
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On Friday, December 18th, the Jordanian government deported 585 Sudanese refugees back to Sudan, ignoring the outcry of the international community. I grew close to this warm and resilient community during my time in Jordan working with JRS; however, I also saw firsthand that Sudanese refugees are truly living at the margins, overshadowed by Jordan’s other refugee influxes and overlooked in service provision. Jordan was home to approximately 4,000 Sudanese, primarily Darfuri, refugees and asylum seekers before the deportation.
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This fall, the University of San Francisco (USF) is launching a unique academic program in partnership with the Jesuit university in Mexico City (Iberoamericana) to train professionals and researchers on the many perspectives involved in understanding migration and supporting the personal, social, legal and spiritual needs of migrants and refugees. USF’s Master in Migration Studies is unique not only because of its interdisciplinary approach, but because it involves continuous field experiences with migrants.