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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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UN chief Ban Ki-moon lauds Somali refugees in Dadaab camp

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

2014 becomes the deadliest year at sea off Yemen

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

Smuggling and Trafficking from the East of Africa: Progress Report

October 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Regional Reports

Uganda: Refugees and Asylum-Seekers (01 September 2014)

23 September 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Maps

Over 130,000 people displaced in Somalia so far this year as IDPs bear brunt of food insecurity crisis

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

Insecurity, drought and lack of livelihoods force 130,000 to flee homes in Somalia

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

Ministerial meeting reaffirms commitment to solving Somalia crisis

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

Communique of Ministerial Meeting on the Somali Refugee Situation commits to fresh impetus for durable solutions for Somali refugees

20 August 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

Ethiopia overtakes Kenya as Africa's biggest refugee-hosting country

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

Concern mounts for refugees and asylum-seekers in Libya

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

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