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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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Update no 3: Humanitarian Situation in Libya and the Neighbouring Countries

6 March 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Update no 2: Humanitarian Situation in Libya and the Neighbouring Countries

5 March 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Sudden drop in people fleeing Libya into Tunisia sparks new concerns

4 March 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR worried that civilians being prevented from fleeing Libya, significant progress in evacuation of Egyptians from Tunisia

4 March 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Thousands of people flown home from Tunisia as evacuation begins

3 March 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR seeks mass evacuation for foreigners at Tunisia-Libya border

2 March 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Update no 1: Humanitarian Situation in Libya and the Neighbouring Countries

2 March 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

IOM and UNHCR join forces, appeal for massive humanitarian evacuation for people fleeing Libya into Tunisia

1 March 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Over 140,000 flee Libya to Egypt and Tunisia, UNHCR steps up efforts to support refugees and civilians in Libya

1 March 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR steps up relief efforts as huge numbers flee Libya to Egypt and Tunisia

1 March 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

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