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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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UNHCR warns of new humanitarian problems building at crossings from Greece into the Balkans

24 November 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Debt a growing burden for Syrian refugees in Lebanon

20 November 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Young Afghan uses language skills to help medics on Lesvos

20 November 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

New Balkan border restrictions untenable

20 November 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Resettlement of Bhutanese refugees surpasses 100,000 mark

19 November 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR ramping up support on Greece's Lesvos, focus on sea rescue and improved reception

13 November 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Some 3,300 people a day still arriving on Lesvos

13 November 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR welcomes definitive bilateral ceasefire in Colombia

13 November 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

New hope for a childhood regained on Kos

11 November 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

As fighting in Yemen intensifies, more flee to Djibouti

11 November 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

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