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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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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

A surrogate state? The role of UNHCR in protracted refugee situations,

5 January 2009 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

UNHCR intervention before the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Saadi v. United Kingdom

30 March 2007 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Court Interventions / Amicus Curiae

From 'protective passports' to protected entry procedures? The legacy of Raoul Wallenberg in the contemporary asylum debate

1 December 2003 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

UNHCR Annotated Comments on Council Directive 2001/55/EC of 20 July 2001 on Minimum Standards for Giving Temporary Protection in the Event of a Mass Influx of Displaced Persons and on Measures Promoting a Balance of Efforts Between Member States in Receiving Such Persons and Bearing the Consequences Thereof

19 May 2003 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

UNHCR Summary Observations on the Commission Proposal for a Council Directive on Minimum Standards for Giving Temporary Protection in the Event of a Mass Influx (COM(2000) 303, 24 May 2000)

15 September 2000 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

UNHCR Commentary on the Draft Directive on Temporary Protection in the Event of a Mass Influx

15 September 2000 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

UNHCR Observations on the Commission's Proposal for a Joint Action Concerning Temporary Protection of Displaced Persons

1 April 1997 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

Note on Temporary Protection in a Broader Context

1 January 1994 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Policy/Position Papers

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