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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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Remarks to the UN General Assembly plenary meeting, "Global awareness of the tragedies of irregular migrants in the Mediterranean basin, with specific emphasis on Syrian asylum seekers"

7 April 2017 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

Remarks to the UN General Assembly plenary meeting, "Global awareness of the tragedies of irregular migrants in the Mediterranean basin, with specific emphasis on Syrian asylum seekers"

7 April 2017 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

Remarks to the UN General Assembly plenary meeting, "Global awareness of the tragedies of irregular migrants in the Mediterranean basin, with specific emphasis on Syrian asylum seekers"

7 April 2017 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

Desperate Journeys

February 2017 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Regional Reports

UNHCR warns against risky sea crossings as 100,000 reach Yemen this year

29 November 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Survivors tell of fights over lifejackets as boat flipped off Egypt

30 September 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

A year on from Alan Kurdi's death, Mediterranean drowning rates soaring

2 September 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Know Before You Go: Dangers of Travelling by Sea in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea

August 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Handbooks/Manuals

Europe's Refugee Emergency Response Update #27, (24 May – 20 June 2016)

20 June 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: UNHCR Country Updates

Turkey: Mediterranean Sea and Western Border Operations. Cumulative Apprehension and Rescue Figures - Turkish Coast Guard Reports as of 6 June 2016

6 June 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Maps

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