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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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Ukraine conflict uproots hundreds of thousands

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

More people risk lives across Indian Ocean despite abuse, deterrence

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

Fighting displaces more than half a million people inside Ukraine, hundreds of thousands more into neighbouring countries

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

One year after the fall of Bangui, more than 852,000 Central Africans still displaced

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

UNHCR: Return of displaced people in Eastern DR Congo should be voluntary

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

UNHCR urges immediate support for suspended WFP food aid programme for Syrian refugees

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

So Close, Yet So far From Safety

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

Deadly Boko Haram attack forces more than 3,000 to flee to Niger

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

Stateless and crying for help from the beloved country

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

Survival and Loss: A young Syrian woman's deadly voyage to Europe

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

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