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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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Mediterranean death toll soars in first 5 months of 2016

31 May 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

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 14 September 2015

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

Statement by UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres on Refugee Crisis in Europe

4 September 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

UNHCR Central Mediterranean Sea Initiative (CMSI): EU solidarity for rescue-at-sea and protection of refugees and migrants

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

Mixed Migration: Libya at the Crossroads – Mapping of Migration Routes from Africa to Europe and Drivers of Migration in Post-revolution Libya

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

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

UNHCR warns of further boat tragedy risk on Mediterranean

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

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

UNHCR shocked as boat tragedy leaves scores dead off Italian coast

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

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