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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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South Korea receives first refugees in pilot programme

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

Chios: Greek island battles odds to cope with refugee influx

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

UNHCR and Liberia resume repatriation of Ivorians after Ebola hiatus

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

Uganda hosts record 500,000 refugees and asylum-seekers

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

For refugees in Iran, health plan brings care and comfort

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

Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon snared in poverty - study

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

As sea levels rise, Bangladeshis seek higher ground

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

Building a future through education in Chad

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

Hope gone in Jordan, Syrian refugees eye risky onward journey

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

UNHCR welcomes first arrivals of Syrian refugees in Canada

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

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