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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 welcomes signing of South Sudan peace deal as refugee and IDP numbers surpass 2.6 million mark

28 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

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

More than 2.25 million now displaced in South Sudan and across its borders

7 July 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

South Sudanese refugees moved from flood-prone camp in Ethiopia

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

UNHCR gives qualified welcome to EU Mediterranean plans

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

UNHCR starts relocation of 15,000 stranded South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia

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

Sharp increase in number of Eritrean refugees and asylum-seekers in Europe, Ethiopia and Sudan

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

UNHCR and partners distribute urgently needed aid to flooded camps in Ethiopia

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

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