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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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Worsening conditions inside Syria and the region fuel despair, driving thousands towards Europe

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

Refugees endure worsening conditions as Syria's conflict enters 5th year

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

Syria tops world list for forcibly displaced after three years of conflict

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

UNHCR's Guterres: Syria refugees reach one million

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

Considérations de protection internationale concernant les personnes fuyant la République Arabe Syrienne, Mise à jour I

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

Iraqi refugees in Syria reluctant to return to home permanently: survey

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

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