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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 concerned at reports that asylum seekers, including Syrians, denied entry to some EU countries

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

Proposal for a Central Mediterranean Sea Initiative: EU solidarity for rescue-at-sea, protection and comprehensive responses

16 October 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: General Comments/Recommendations

Syrians in Greece: Protection Considerations and UNHCR Recommendations

17 April 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Resolutions/Recommendations/Declarations

Asylum Situation in Greece Including for Dublin II Transferees

31 January 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country Reports

UNHCR oral intervention before the European Court of Human Rights in the case of M.S.S. v. Belgium and Greece

1 September 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Court Interventions / Amicus Curiae

UNHCR intervention before the European Court of Human Rights in the case of M.S.S. v. Belgium and Greece

June 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Court Interventions / Amicus Curiae

Observations on Greece as a country of asylum

December 2009 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country/Situation Specific Position Papers

UNHCR intervention before the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Xb. v. France and Greece

October 2009 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Court Interventions / Amicus Curiae

UNHCR intervention before the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Sharifi and others v. Italy and Greece

October 2009 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Court Interventions / Amicus Curiae

UNHCR Position on Important Aspects of Refugee Protection in Greece

February 2006 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country/Situation Specific Position Papers

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