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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 Position on Returns to Iraq

27 October 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country/Situation Specific Position Papers

Thousands find shelter in Iraqi Kurdistan after escaping Mount Sinjar

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

Massive influx of people into Dohuk as Iraq's displacement crisis deepens

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

Separated Iraqi families fear for relatives after fleeing Sinjar

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

Iraq – 10,000 displaced from Christian communities near Mosul

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

Some 10,000 people flee from Christian communities in northern Iraq

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

UNHCR concerned at planned forced return from Sweden to Iraq

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

UNHCR reports increase in flight of Iraqi Christians; reiterates advice on protection needs

17 December 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Annex to the Note on the Continued Applicability of the April 2009 UNHCR Eligibility Guidelines for Assessing the International Protection Needs of Iraqi Asylum-Seekers: Reports of Attacks and Security Incidents in Iraq since April 2009

June 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country Reports

Map of Iraqi population in the Middle East, Religious background

25 September 2007 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Maps

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