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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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Update on UNHCR's operations in the Americas

17 September 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Regional Reports

Update on UNHCR's operations in the Middle East and North Africa

17 September 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Regional Reports

Submission by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights' Compilation Report - Universal Periodic Review: the Republic of the Fiji Islands

March 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Compilations

Asylum and international protection in the EU: strengthening cooperation and solidarity

January 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Thematic Guidelines

UNHCR welcomes Jakarta Declaration to address irregular movements in Asia-Pacific

21 August 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Special Conference on Irregular Movement of Persons Jakarta, Indonesia : Statement by Volker Türk Director of International Protection [20 August 2013]

20 August 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

UNHCR Monitoring Visit to Manus Island, Papua New Guinea : 11-13 June 2013

12 July 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country Reports

Understanding Community-Based Protection

20 June 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Policy/Position Papers

Note on statelessness

4 June 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Thematic Reports

Community-based protection

4 June 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Thematic Reports

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