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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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Transnational philanthropy: Somali youth in Canada and Kenya

October 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

Sanctuary and solidarity: urban community responses to refugees and asylum seekers on three continents

September 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

UNHCR Resettlement Handbook, Country Chapter - Canada

July 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Handbooks/Manuals

Global Report 2010 - Americas

20 June 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country Reports

Global Report 2010 - North American and the Caribbean

20 June 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country Reports

Research Summary on Resettled Refugee Integration in Canada

2 May 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Thematic Reports

UNHCR intervention before the Court of Appeal of Ontario in the case of Issasi v. Rosenzweig

21 March 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Court Interventions / Amicus Curiae

Resettlement programme for refugees in Nepal passes 40,000 mark

13 December 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Resettlement Fact Sheet, August 2010

July 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Thematic Reports

UNHCR Global Report 2009, North America and the Carribean

1 June 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Annual Reports

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