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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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Luhansk residents struggle to resume normal life after Ukraine conflict

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

Campaign Update, October 2016

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

Survivors tell of fights over lifejackets as boat flipped off Egypt

30 September 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

After a year of restrictions, people in eastern Ukraine face alarming hardships crossing contact line

30 September 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

100,000 fearful civilians trapped in South Sudan town

30 September 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

As Mosul offensive approaches, UNHCR planning intensifies

29 September 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Nigeria returnees face shelter problems, economic challenges, food shortages

23 September 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Migrant and refugee boat tragedy and irregular departures from Egypt

23 September 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Over 300,000 Burundians have fled to stretched neighbouring countries

23 September 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Number fleeing Burundi to neighbouring countries tops 300,000

23 September 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

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