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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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Almost 400 refugees saved after crammed fishing boat sank off Libya

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

Almost 100,000 flee Yemen in four months as receiving countries struggle to cope in face of funding crisis

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

Six years on, Congolese refugees who fled LRA return home from CAR

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

Iraq hit by heatwaves, making life for refugees even tougher

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

Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp turns 3, challenges for the future of the thousands living there

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

Families flee militant-held Fallujah after months of violence

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

Yemen receives over 10,000 new arrivals by sea since start of conflict, many tricked that fighting is over

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

UNHCR urges CAR to let refugees take part in elections

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

UNHCR warns of growing asylum crisis in Greece and the Western Balkans amid arrivals of refugees from war

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

Yemen rocket attack kills 12 refugees sheltering in Aden kindergarten

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

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