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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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Overview on UNHCR's operations Regional update - Europe

28 September 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Regional Reports

As sea levels rise, Bangladeshis seek higher ground

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

Bay of Bengal boat movements manageable with regional cooperation

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

Mixed Maritime Movements: In South-east Asia In 2015

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

UNHCR warns of new humanitarian problems building at crossings from Greece into the Balkans

24 November 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

South-east Asia: Mixed Maritime Movements

June 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: UNHCR Country Updates

After long ordeal at sea, Rohingya find humanity in Indonesia

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

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

UNHCR urges South East Asian governments to prioritize saving lives amid reports that thousands adrift in region's waters

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

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