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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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Over 100,000 people displaced in Libya over the past three weeks

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

Whirlwind of violence surprises some residents in northern Syria

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

Ukrainian summer camp provides respite from trauma of displacement

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

Cash grants transform life in Congo camp for Central African Republic refugees

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

Vigilant UNHCR staff reunite long-separated mother and daughters in Tanzania

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

Echoes From Syria Issue 5 - October 2014

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

Asylum claims from Syria, Iraq and other conflict zones rise in first half 2014

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

UNHCR warns Australia-Cambodia agreement on refugee relocation could set worrying precedent

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

UNHCR reports sharp increase in number of Iraqis fleeing to Jordan and Turkey

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

Number of Syrian Kurds fleeing to Turkey nears 140,000; humanitarian needs mount

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

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