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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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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

Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Kenya (Jul 2014)

31 July 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Maps

UNHCR Position on Returns to Southern and Central Somalia

17 June 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country/Situation Specific Position Papers

At least 62 dead in Red Sea Boat tragedy

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

UNHCR dismayed at rising deaths from boat accidents in Mediterranean

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

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