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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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Displacement wave expected if Mosul, Hawiga fighting intensifies

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

UN refugee chief calls for accelerated assistance for Aleppo

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

Desperate refugees and migrants in Serbia face sub-zero temperatures

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

Refugees and migrants face high risks in winter weather in Europe

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

UNHCR: Faster movement of people from Greek islands to mainland essential

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

Amid the ruins of Aleppo, UNHCR sees signs of hope

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

Mosul residents face battle for survival

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

As winter blows in across Lebanon, refugees struggle

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

UNHCR pledges aid to thousands displaced in Lake Chad Basin

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

Into Mosul's Third Month, UNHCR Bolsters Response to Help Newly Displaced

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

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