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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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Selected Country Guidance and / or Reference Documents Regarding Children in Afghanistan

1 February 2012 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Compilations

For an Afghan refugee family, reports from home spur a return

5 January 2012 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR distributes winter aid to more than 200,000 needy Afghans

27 December 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

For Afghan refugee miners, bright dreams beckon from the depths

14 December 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Boat tragedy off Moroccan coast, 4 dead, several boats rescued off Maltese, Italian and Libyan coasts

6 December 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Afghanistan Protection cluster: Protection Overview Eastern and South-Eastern Regions 2010 / 2011

30 November 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country Reports

Survey of Afghan refugees in Pakistan will help plot future course

16 November 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

DAFI Scholars: Afghan girl studies to become a lawyer in a break with tradition

10 November 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Asylum Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries: Statistical overview of asylum applications lodged in Europe and selected non-European countries

18 October 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Thematic Reports

1 Refugee Without Hope: Sick Afghan girl gets new Finnish start

28 September 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

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