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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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First group of asylum seekers relocated from Italy to Sweden

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

Europe: Syrian Asylum Applications From Apr 2011 to Sep 2015 (28 EU Member States plus Norway and Switzerland)

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

Europe: Syrian Asylum Applications From Apr 2011 to August 2015

31 August 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Maps

Wars in Syria and Iraq drive highest asylum numbers in 22 years

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

UNHCR proposals to address current and future arrivals of asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants by sea to Europe

March 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

Options Paper 2: Options for governments on open reception and alternatives to detention

2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Thematic Reports

Fighting displaces more than half a million people inside Ukraine, hundreds of thousands more into neighbouring countries

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

Update on UNHCR's operations in Europe

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

UNHCR Resettlement Handbook, Country Chapter - Sweden

September 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Handbooks/Manuals

UN High Commissioner for Refugees urges Europe to do more for Syrian asylum-seekers

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

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