In the Netherlands there is no department of JRS.

For more information, see:

JRS & The Society of Jesus

JRS Belgium

JRS Europe

JRS worldwide



The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international catholic organization with a mission to defend the rights of refugees and others who have been forced out of their homes. JRS wants to be there for these people and guide and serve them. The Society of Jesus has founded the JRS in 1980 in response to the need of the boat refugees from Vietnam. The then general superior, Father Pedro Arrupe, was deeply moved by their fate and felt called to assist them.

To this day, JRS supports people who have started the dangerous journey to safety. She gets her inspiration and confirmation from the Gospel of Jesus and the core values of love, compassion and justice. The word “refugee” therefor entails all those who have been and will be forced to leave. The work of JRS is done in line with the social doctrine of the church.