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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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Another weekend of tragedy marks the Mediterranean, with up to 40 refugees dead

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

Mediterranean Sea crossings exceed 300,000, including 200,000 to Greece

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

Survivors tell harrowing tales of fight for air on "boat of death" off Libya

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

UNHCR to help Libya improve response to boats in distress off its coast

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

Almost 400 refugees saved after crammed fishing boat sank off Libya

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

UNHCR Position: Interception and turn back of boats carrying asylum-seekers

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

The sea route to Europe: The Mediterranean passage in the age of refugees

1 July 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Regional Reports

UNHCR alarmed at reports of boat pushbacks in South-east Asia

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

Joint Statement on Mediterranean Crossings

23 April 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

Burns victims receive treatment in Sicilian hospital

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

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