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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

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

Smuggling and Trafficking from the East of Africa: Progress Report

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

At least 62 dead in Red Sea Boat tragedy

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

UNHCR dismayed at rising deaths from boat accidents in Mediterranean

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

Smuggling and Trafficking from the East of Africa : Executive Summary

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

Refugees and the Rashaida: human smuggling and trafficking from Eritrea to Sudan and Egypt

March 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

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