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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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Thousands of Syrian refugees arrive in Iraq, many with special needs

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

Number of registered Syrian refugees triples to more than 300,000 in three months

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

Syrian refugee children prepare to start school, Iraq opens border crossing

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

Syria Region: focus on enrolling refugee children in schools, Iraq border crossing opens at Al Qaem

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

Syrian refugee numbers up sharply in August, with more than 100,000 fleeing to neighbouring countries

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

As influx to eastern Lebanon rises, UNHCR tackles shelter challenge

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

Syria refugee outflow continues, squeeze on space in schools

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

Syria refugee outflow continues, squeeze on space in schools

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

Syria: Doubling of refugees fleeing to Jordan

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

Relief operations to help Syrian refugees continue amidst security challenges

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

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