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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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UNHCR Annotated Comments to Directive 2013/33/EU of the European Parliament and Council of 26 June 2013 laying down standards for the reception of applicants for international protection (recast)

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

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Inquiry into the use of Immigration Detention Written evidence to the Parliamentary Joint Committee

1 October 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

Comments by the UNHCR Regional Representation for Northern Europe on the Finnish Government's draft proposal on amendments to the Aliens Act and the Act on the Treatment of Detained Aliens and the Detention Unit

April 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

UNHCR Comments on the European Commission's amended recast proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and the Council laying down standards for the reception of asylum-seekers

July 2012 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

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