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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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Registered refugees/asylum seekers in Iraq - End 2012

31 December 2012 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Maps

Update #4: Camp New Iraq (formerly Camp Ashraf) residents and the determination of their international protection needs

13 December 2012 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country/Situation Specific Position Papers

Number of Syrian refugees registered in region tops 500,000 mark

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

Syria situation regional update

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

UNHCR makes progress in assisting up to 500,000 people by year's end

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

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

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