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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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High Commissioner's opening statement at the 67th session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme

3 October 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

This Is Who We Are – A study of the profile, experiences and reasons for flight of unaccompanied and separated children from Afghanistan seeking asylum in Sweden in 2015

October 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country Reports

Profiling Study of Unaccompanied or Separated Afghan Children Arriving in Sweden in 2015

26 August 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country Reports

Observations by the UNHCR Regional Representation for Northern Europe on the Law Proposal (Ds 2016:21) concerning activities for asylum-seekers and municipality placements of unaccompanied children

August 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Comments on National Legislation

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

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