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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 urges focus on saving lives as 2014 boat people numbers near 350,000

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

High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges: Protection at Sea - Background Paper

11 November 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Thematic Reports

High seas tragedies leave more than 300 dead on the Mediterranean in past week

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

UNHCR's Statement re PACE Recommendation & Resolution on large-scale arrival of mixed migratory flows on Italian Shores

8 July 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

Note on international protection

6 June 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Notes on International Protection

South-East Asia: Irregular Maritime Movements January-June 2014

June 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Regional Reports

Initiative mondiale sur la protection en mer

1 May 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Policy/Position Papers

Initiative mondiale sur la protection en mer

1 May 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Policy/Position Papers

Global Initiative on Protection at Sea

1 May 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Policy/Position Papers

Co-chairs' Summary: International Workshop on the Protection of Irregular Movements of Persons at Sea Jakarta, Indonesia, 21- 22 April 2014

22 April 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Conference Reports

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