50 per cent of the refugees in the world are in urban areas and are 'invisible'
29 November 2013

50 per cent of the refugees in the world are in urban areas and are 'invisible'
Fr. Peter Balleis, the International JRS Director, stressed the importance of education to refugees, especially tertiary education and explained how JRS is reaching out through online education programme in collaboration with the Jesuit universities in US.
New Delhi, 29 November 2013 – The report on the research study conducted by Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) South Asia on "Chin refugees in Delhi: Realities and Challenges" was released by Fr. Peter Balleis SJ, the JRS International Director at the Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, on 29th November, 2013, in the presence of Dr. Dominik Bartsch, Chief of Mission UNCHR in India authored by Dr. Joseph Xavier SJ (Executive Director of Indian Social Institute, New Delhi) and Ms. Sherin Moraes.

The study highlighted the plight of the Chin refugees living in Delhi and the various opportunities and challenges before them. In his address, Fr. Balleis assured the refugee communities in Delhi of the commitment of the Jesuits in working for their welfare in the best possible manner. Taking clue from the study, he highlighted the importance of education to refugees, especially tertiary education and explained how JRS is reaching out through online education programme in collaboration with the Jesuit universities in US.

Dr. Bartsch complimented the JRS for conducting the study on the Chin refugees and assured that the recommendations mentioned in the report will be taken seriously by UNCHR in India to mitigate the hardships they undergo in India. Dr. Archana Aggarwal, Assistant Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), stressed on the need of refugees in integrating with the local community and entering into the formal economy in order to have better prospects in the future.

Fr. Varkey Perekkatt SJ, the Jesuit Provincial of Delhi, from his experience of working with Bhutanese refuges in Nepal, said that the refugees instead of feeling diffident must rise up to the occasion, gather collective strength, make efforts and look for opportunities to return back to their home country to live with dignity even if they are resettled and rehabilitated. All other options can be pursued but nothing like being back into one's own country, culture and people.

Fr. Stan Fernandes, Regional Director of JRS South Asia, and Fr. Edward Mudavassery SJ, President of the Jesuit Conference of South Asia, also addressed the large gathering of academicians, professionals and Chin refugees themselves. 
 Dr Denzil Fernandes, Indian Social Institute, New Delhi 



Use this url for the detailed report https://jrssa.org/Assets/Publications/File/ChinRefugeesDelhi.pdf






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