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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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Desperate Journeys; Refugees and migrants entering and crossing Europe via the Mediterranean and Western Balkans routes

August 2017 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country Reports

As refugee journeys get perilous, UNHCR seeks safer options

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

After packed boats take on water, 20 feared dead in Mediterranean

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

Update on two shipwrecks in the Central Mediterranean

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

News comment by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, on Mediterranean crossings over the weekend

7 May 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

Migrant and refugee boat tragedy and irregular departures from Egypt

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

Over 300,000 refugees and migrants cross Med so far in 2016

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

Europe's Refugee Emergency Response - Update #29, (19 July – 8 August 2016)

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

Europe's Refugee Emergency Response Update #30, (August 2016)

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

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