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UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. In more than five decades, the agency has helped an estimated 50 million people restart their lives. Today, a staff of around 7,092 people in 124 countries continues to help 35.8 million persons.  Website: www.unhcr.org
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Survivors tell of fights over lifejackets as boat flipped off Egypt

30 September 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Over 300,000 refugees and migrants cross Med so far in 2016

20 September 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Know Before You Go: Dangers of Travelling by Sea in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea

August 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Handbooks/Manuals

Risking all to escape Central America's killer street gangs

6 July 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR and partners revise funding needs for Greece & Balkans

10 June 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR concern over high death toll as 204,000 cross Mediterranean in first 5 months of 2016

31 May 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Mediterranean death toll soars in first 5 months of 2016

31 May 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Horrified shipwreck survivors watched as hundreds drowned

2 May 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Massive loss of life reported in latest Mediterranean tragedy

20 April 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Note on Legal Considerations for Cooperation between the European Union and Turkey on the Return of Asylum-Seekers and Migrants

10 March 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Thematic Reports

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