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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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At least 10 die in smuggling boat incident in the Gulf of Aden

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

50,000 civilians flee Somalia in first quarter, double from a year earlier

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

Gulf of Aden drownings raise concerns over smuggling and rescue-at-sea tradition

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

Fighting in Somalia displaces some 33,000 people over past six weeks

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

Latest fighting forces more Somalis into displacement

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

UN leaders raise alarm on plight of Somali refugees in Kenya

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

UNHCR intervention before the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Hirsi and Others v. Italy

29 March 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Court Interventions / Amicus Curiae

Somali Refugees in the Region (as of March 2011)

24 March 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Maps

Somalia: Total IDPs (March 2011)

22 March 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Maps

Somalia: PMT Upgrade (18 Mar 2011)

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

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