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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, African host countries agree on final steps to resolve Rwandan refugee situation

3 October 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

Burundians continuing to flee the country one year after crisis began

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

South Sudan refugee outflow continues, UNHCR reports severe funding shortfall

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

Guitars from Malawi camp hit right note with musicians around the world

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

South Sudan fighting forces thousands to flee to CAR, Uganda and DR Congo

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

Fighting in eastern DRC forces tens of thousands to flee homes

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

Fighting in eastern DRC forces thousands to flee

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

Congolese refugees flee new South Sudan fighting

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

Uganda hosts record 500,000 refugees and asylum-seekers

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

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