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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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Europe's Refugee Emergency Response - Update #24, 19-25 February 2016

25 February 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: UNHCR Country Updates

Europe's Refugee Emergency Response - Update #10, 6 – 12 November 2015

12 November 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: UNHCR Country Updates

Arrivals by sea in Greece nearing 400,000, implementation of relocation and increased reception capacity still urgently needed

2 October 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Europe - Overview of arrival trends as of 28 September 2015

30 September 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Maps

UNHCR urges Italy to improve facilities on Lampedusa as boat tragedy death toll rises

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

Boat arrivals on Lampedusa

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

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