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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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Overview of UNHCR's operations in Asia and the Pacific

23 September 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Regional Reports

Sri Lankan Refugee Returnees in 2014

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

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

Memorandum of Understanding Among the Government of the Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Relating to the Repatriation of Sri Lankan Refugees and Displaced Persons

1 February 1993 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Memoranda of Understanding

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