A lot of the work with refugees in Asia Pacific is done through Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), which was founded on November 14, 1980, by Father Pedro Arrupe, Superior General of the Society of Jesus at that time.  JRS Asia Pacific was set up in 1981 in response to the need for emergency refugee care in the region, but its work has since expanded towards a longer-term commitment.

JRS works with refugees, asylum seekers (individuals who have made an application for protection but whose status has not yet been determined), forcibly displaced persons and internally displaced and stateless peoples. Many have fled extreme poverty, generalised conflict, economic collapse, etc. In host countries, they are regularly denied access to basic services such as social welfare, education and health care, and the right to work. It is in this denial of access and the consequent need for action in justice that the work of the JRS begins.

In addition to JRS Asia Pacific, JRS has local offices or representatives in Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.