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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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As states increase border controls, UNHCR calls for sensitivity for those fleeing persecution

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

UNHCR Eligibility Guidelines for Assessing the International Protection Needs of Asylum-Seekers from Afghanistan

17 December 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country/Situation Specific Position Papers

UNHCR's Afghanistan shelter programme passes 200,000 home milestone

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

An Afghan refugee's wheels of fortune bring education within reach

3 November 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR chief addresses Oxford's Refugee Studies Centre on challenges

14 October 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

ExCom: UN refugee chief says protracted major conflicts creating new 'global refugee' populations

4 October 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR oral intervention before the European Court of Human Rights in the case of M.S.S. v. Belgium and Greece

1 September 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Court Interventions / Amicus Curiae

Special measures applying to the return of unaccompanied and separated children to Afghanistan

August 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Operational Guidelines

UNHCR Syria: Fact Sheet, August 2010

August 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country Reports

World: Main Countries of Origin of New Asylum-Seekers - 2009

15 June 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Maps

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