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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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Solidarity between different generations of Central African refugees in Cameroon

12 August 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Massive influx of people into Dohuk as Iraq's displacement crisis deepens

12 August 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR alarmed as Sri Lanka extends deportation to families outside detention

12 August 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Refugee movements into Syria

12 August 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Ukrainians in Russia worry about their future

11 August 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Ukraine: Humanitarian needs rise as internal displacement tops 117,000 people

8 August 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR distributes aid to hundreds of Lebanese, Syrians fleeing fighting in Arsal

8 August 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR steps up measures to rein in Hepatitis E among South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia

8 August 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Separated Iraqi families fear for relatives after fleeing Sinjar

6 August 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR completes challenging repatriation of almost 120,000 Congolese refugees

5 August 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

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