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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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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

UNHCR condemns attack on displaced in western Chad, pledges continued help

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

Refugees themselves, Iraqis volunteer to help others reach safety in Germany

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

Malian refugees in Burkina Faso restore their lives building on their traditional skills

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

First group of asylum seekers relocated from Italy to Sweden

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

International community commits to refocus attention on Afghan refugee situation; calls for increased support for regional solutions

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

Brazil and UNHCR strengthen partnership to help refugees fleeing the Syria conflict

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

UN High Commissioner calls for renewed international focus on Afghanistan

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

Arrivals by sea in Greece nearing 400,000, implementation of relocation and increased reception capacity still urgently needed

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

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