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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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Update on UNHCR's operations in Asia and the Pacific

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

UNHCR Eligibility Guidelines for Assessing the International Protection Needs of Asylum-Seekers from Sri Lanka

21 December 2012 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country/Situation Specific Position Papers

UNHCR helps resolve land issues in Sri Lanka's north

6 November 2012 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Sri Lanka's displacement chapter nears end with closure of Menik Farm

27 September 2012 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR Global Report 2011, Sri Lanka

June 2012 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Annual Reports

IDPs in Host Families and Host Communities: Assistance for Hosting Arrangements

April 2012 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: General Comments/Recommendations

Excerpts of Concluding Observations and Recommendations from UN Treaty Monitoring Bodies and UN Special Procedures' reports Universal Periodic Review: Sri Lanka

February 2012 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country Reports

1 Refugee Longing for Home: Sri Lankans separated by a body of water

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

UNHCR Global Report 2010, Sri Lanka

June 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Annual Reports

Africans and Asians attracted to Latin America as a migration route

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

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