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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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International Protection Considerations with regard to people fleeing northeastern Nigeria (the states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa) and surrounding region – Update I

October 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country/Situation Specific Position Papers

International Protection Considerations with regard to people fleeing northeastern Nigeria (the states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa)

29 October 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country/Situation Specific Position Papers

UNHCR Position on Returns to the Central African Republic

24 April 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country/Situation Specific Position Papers

Operational Guidelines on Maintaining the Civilian and Humanitarian Character of Asylum

September 2006 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Thematic Guidelines

Principes directeurs opérationnels sur le maintien du caractère civil et humanitaire de l'asile

September 2006 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Thematic Guidelines

Maintaining the Civilian and Humanitarian Character of Asylum. Conclusions and Preliminary Issues Raised (Geneva, 9-11 June 2004)

11 June 2004 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Legal Articles/Analyses/Commentaries

Maintaining the Civilian and Humanitarian Character of Asylum

June 2004 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

Under What Circumstances Can a Person Who Has Taken an Active Part in the Hostilities of an International or a Non-International Armed Conflict Become an Asylum Seeker?

June 2004 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

Arguing about asylum: the complexity of refugee debates in Europe

2 October 2001 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

Global Consultations on International Protection/Regional Meetings: Key Conclusions and Recommendations (Regional Meeting in Pretoria (South Africa), 26-27 February 2001)

30 May 2001 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Legal Articles/Analyses/Commentaries

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