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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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Thousands find shelter in Iraqi Kurdistan after escaping Mount Sinjar

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

Separated Iraqi families fear for relatives after fleeing Sinjar

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

UNHCR Eligibility Guidelines for Assessing the International Protection Needs of Asylum-Seekers from Iraq

31 May 2012 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country/Situation Specific Position Papers

UNHCR's Eligibility Guidelines for Assessing the International Protection Needs of Iraqi Asylum-seekers

August 2007 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country/Situation Specific Position Papers

Hintergrundinformation zur Gefährdung von Angehörigen religiöser Minderheiten im Irak

1 October 2005 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country/Situation Specific Position Papers

Background Information on the Situation of Non-Muslim Religious Minorities in Iraq

1 October 2005 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country/Situation Specific Position Papers

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