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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's new biometrics system helps verify 110,000 Myanmar refugees in Thailand.

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

Numbers of internally displaced in Libya double since September - UNHCR

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

As Burundi gears up for elections, more people are fleeing

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

Dominican Republic urged not to deport stateless Dominicans

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

23,000 refugees flee Syria fighting into Turkey's Sanliurfa region

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

Risks growing for increasing numbers of refugees and migrants crossing the Western Balkans

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

Pressure growing on Greek island of Lesvos, as 2015 refugee and migrant crossings of the Mediterranean top 100,000

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

South Sudan fighting triggers new displacement, including into neighbouring countries

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

More than 100,000 flee homes in South Sudan to escape fighting and food shortages

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

UNHCR concerned at obstacles facing thousands fleeing Ramadi

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

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