Number of people served in 2020: 3,609

Located below Southeast Asia and above Australia, Indonesia is surrounded by countries hosting large numbers of asylum seekers and refugees, such as Malaysia, Thailand, and Australia. As such, the country is regularly affected by the movements of forced migrants.

Because Indonesia is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention, many displaced people find themselves extremely vulnerable and marginalized once they arrive in the country. As of December 2017, Indonesia hosted almost 14,000 refugees from 49 countries, with half coming from Afghanistan.

See Our Work

Dr. Tine, volunteer at JRS Indonesia, shows a refugee from Afghanistan the best exercises to alleviate his back pain. (Denis Bosnic / Jesuit Refugee Service)
Sari teaches refugees the Indonesia national language to help them integrate in their new communities. (Denis Bosnic / Jesuit Refugee Service)
Children run during a simulation of an emergency evacuation organized by the JRS Disaster Preparedness teams in the village of Lawe Sawah, Indonesia. (Don Doll SJ / Jesuit Refugee Service)



JRS Indonesia Country Director

Fr Thomas Aquinas Maswan Susinto SJ

Project locations:

Bogor, Cisarua (Java Island), Yogyakarta (Java Island), Medan (northern Sumatra), Manado (North Sulawesi)

Visit the JRS Indonesia Website