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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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Fearing rough seas, refugees chance Bulgaria land route

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

UNHCR concerned at reports of sexual violence against refugee women and children

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

Fleeing gangs, Salvadoran tailors make new life in Mexico

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

Yemeni family faces bewildering struggle far from home

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

Iraqi national flees for second time as bombs rain on adopted home of Yemen

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

Refugees face long cold and wet night at crowded Balkan border crossings

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

As number of refugee and migrant arrivals to Greece hits half a million, UNHCR warns of continued chaos unless reception in Greece strengthened and relocation expedited

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

Attacks on foreigners in South Africa expose refugee women to new dangers

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

Syrian refugee serves up a taste of home in Colombia

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

Born on the move: an Afghan girl's trip to safety in Europe

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

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