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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 Syria Update (1-17 August 2013)  

17 August 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Large influx of Syrians seen into Iraq's Kurdistan region on Thursday

16 August 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

One Year On: Jordan's Za'atri Refugee Camp mushrooms into major urban centre

29 July 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR concerned at arbitrary detention of Syrian refugees in Egypt

26 July 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UN High Commissioner for Refugees urges Europe to do more for Syrian asylum-seekers

18 July 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR Syria Update (3-17 July 2013)  

17 July 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR chief urges neighbours to maintain open access for fleeing Syrians

16 July 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Mediterranean crossings to Italy and Malta exceed 8000 in first six months of 2013

5 July 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR distributes aid to Syrians on Mediterranean island

4 July 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Syrian refugee flees all the way to Colombia to escape the violence at home

24 June 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

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