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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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Keep the doors open

20 January 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

60th Anniversary: UNHCR marks landmark with appeal for renewed commitment to helping the world's forcibly displaced

14 December 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

ExCom: UNHCR chief calls for "New Deal" in managing the world's displaced

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

UNHCR Annotated Comments on Council Directive 2001/55/EC of 20 July 2001 on Minimum Standards for Giving Temporary Protection in the Event of a Mass Influx of Displaced Persons and on Measures Promoting a Balance of Efforts Between Member States in Receiving Such Persons and Bearing the Consequences Thereof

19 May 2003 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

UNHCR Observations on the Commission's Proposal for a Joint Action Concerning Temporary Protection of Displaced Persons

1 April 1997 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

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