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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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As asylum applications by Venezuelans soar, UNHCR steps up response

14 July 2017 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Colombia Situation update, February 2017

February 2017 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: UNHCR Country Updates

UNHCR welcomes Ecuador's new Human Mobility Law

13 January 2017 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Colombia Situation update, December 2016

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

Displaced youth seek to heal divided Colombian town

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

High Commissioner's opening statement at the 67th session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme

3 October 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

Overview of UNHCR's operations in the Americas

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

UNHCR chief highlights Ecuador's commitment to solutions for refugees

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

Solutions for Colombia's displaced key to peace, UNHCR chief

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

Comprehensive Solutions for Colombian Refugees in Latin America

June 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

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