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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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A safe Romanian pit stop on the road to resettlement

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

UNHCR chief urges action to tackle rising poverty of Syrian refugees

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

Young Syrian refugees learn to sow for their supper

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

More than 7,000 flee to western Chad to escape attacks on key town in Nigeria

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

Winter storms bring more hardship to refugees in Jordan's Za'atari camp

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

Hungry for help: refugees in Kenya feel the effects of recent food cuts

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

As one year ends, Central African refugees make a wish for 2015

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

Refugees caught in heavy snow as storms lash Lebanon and Jordan

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

Displaced families in Ukraine rely on the kindness of strangers

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

Syrians face uncertain course after high seas ordeal in a drifting freighter

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

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