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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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Update on UNHCR's operations in the Middle East and North Africa

24 September 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Regional Reports

UNHCR encouraged by prospects of improved access in northern Yemen

18 January 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR In Somalia: Fact Sheet | January 2011

17 January 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

High Commissioner Guterres seeks stepped up access and aid for Yemen

17 January 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

As states increase border controls, UNHCR calls for sensitivity for those fleeing persecution

7 January 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

Submission by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights' Compilation Report - Universal Periodic Review: Somalia

November 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Compilations

UNHCR chief addresses Oxford's Refugee Studies Centre on challenges

14 October 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

ExCom: UN refugee chief says protracted major conflicts creating new 'global refugee' populations

4 October 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Somalia: Estimated Total IDPs (July 2010)

27 July 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Maps

UNHCR Global Report 2009, Somalia

1 June 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Annual Reports

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