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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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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

Migrant and refugee boat tragedy and irregular departures from Egypt

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

On eve of South Sudan 5th Anniversary, forced displacement continues to rise

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

Horrified shipwreck survivors watched as hundreds drowned

2 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

South Sudan refugee outflow continues, UNHCR reports severe funding shortfall

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

Aiming for the skies, refugee girl must first finish school

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

UNHCR warns against perilous Horn of Africa sea crossings as 92,000 reach Yemen in 2015, 36 already drowned this year

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

Despite conflict, refugees continue to arrive by boat in Yemen

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

Yemeni family faces bewildering struggle far from home

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

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