Syrian Refugee Crisis

According to a recent United Nations report, 60 million people are currently displaced — one in every 122 people on earth — more than at any other time in history. Over 12 million of those are Syrians, more than half the entire population of the country. 

"Behind these statistics are people, each of them with a name, a face, a story, an inalienable dignity which is theirs as a child of God," said Pope Francis on Nov. 14, 2015, before an audience of refugees and staff of Jesuit Refugee Service.

The Jesuits of Canada and the United States are advocating for increased humanitarian assistance both within and outside of Syria, for additional development aid to shore up the infrastructure of countries hosting Syrian refugees, and for the continued welcome of those fleeing conflict in the Middle East.

Click here to assist Jesuit Refugee Service efforts in the region and read below for stories and updates on the Jesuits' actions in Syria and the Middle East.


President of Jesuits of Canada and U.S. Speaks Out In Support of Syrian Refugees 
Jesuit Father Timothy Kesicki, president of the Jesuits of Canada and the United States, speaks on-site at the White House in Washington, D.C., in favor of welcoming more refugees from the Middle East to the U.S.

One Human Family

Jesuit Refugee Service International Director Fr. Thomas H. Smolich, S.J., speaks about the importance of recognizing that attacks such as those carried out in Paris should not mean we close our doors to the most vulnerable. From Jesuit Refugee Service | USA on Vimeo.


Jesuits to Congress: "We Can Welcome Refugees While Ensuring Our Own Security"

Images, Heart, Faith Come Together in Refugee Response, Jesuits Say

Jesuits Urge Canada and the U.S. to Welcome More Syrian Refugees

Dutch Jesuit, Who Served 50 Years in Syria, Killed in Homs

Pope Calls for Day of Prayer for Peace in Syria

Jesuit Reports from Front Lines of Syrian Crisis

Interview with Father General about Syria and peace

Syrian War is Professional Challenge, Personal Heartache for Jesuit

Jesuits Respond to Crisis in Syria

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