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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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15 conflicts have erupted or reignited in the past 5 years, displacing tens of millions (18 Jun 2015)

18 June 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Maps

23,000 refugees flee Syria fighting into Turkey's Sanliurfa region

16 June 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Iraq: UNHCR Registration Trends for Syrian Persons of Concern (as of 15 June 2015)

15 June 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: UNHCR Country Updates

Risks growing for increasing numbers of refugees and migrants crossing the Western Balkans

12 June 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Pressure growing on Greek island of Lesvos, as 2015 refugee and migrant crossings of the Mediterranean top 100,000

9 June 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Syria - Emergency Shelter and NFI Sector Factsheet

June 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: UNHCR Country Updates

UNHCR Syria In Focus - Issue 08 of 2015

June 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: UNHCR Country Updates

UNHCR Syria In Focus - Issue 09 of 2015

June 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: UNHCR Country Updates

UNHCR concerned at obstacles facing thousands fleeing Ramadi

29 May 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Thousands flee Palmyra, UNHCR steps up aid

22 May 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

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