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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 Resettlement Handbook, Country Chapter - Australia

September 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Handbooks/Manuals

Co-chairs' Summary: International Workshop on the Protection of Irregular Movements of Persons at Sea Jakarta, Indonesia, 21- 22 April 2014

22 April 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Conference Reports

UNHCR concerned about the Manus Island disturbance

18 February 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Submission by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Regaining Control Over Australia's Protection Obligations) Bill 2013

23 January 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Legal Articles/Analyses/Commentaries

UNHCR seeking details on reports of boats forced back from Australia

10 January 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR monitoring visit to Manus Island, Papua New Guinea

26 November 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country Profiles

UNHCR monitoring visit to the Republic of Nauru

26 November 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country Profiles

Men, women and children suffering from harsh physical conditions and legal shortcomings at Pacific Island asylum centres: UNHCR reports

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

Update on UNHCR's operations in Asia and the Pacific

24 September 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Regional Reports

Draft Overview of Pledges [Extracts Relating to Statelessness]

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

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