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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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Mediterranean death toll soars in first 5 months of 2016

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

Coastguard rescues some 1,000 refugees and migrants off Italy

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

Massive loss of life reported in latest Mediterranean tragedy

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

UNHCR warns of imminent humanitarian crisis in Greece amid disarray in Europe over asylum

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

Bay of Bengal boat movements manageable with regional cooperation

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

Worsening weather brings more tragedy to eastern Aegean

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

Arrivals by sea in Greece nearing 400,000, implementation of relocation and increased reception capacity still urgently needed

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

Refugee sea arrivals in Greece this year approach 400,000

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

Another weekend of tragedy marks the Mediterranean, with up to 40 refugees dead

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

Mediterranean Sea crossings exceed 300,000, including 200,000 to Greece

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

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