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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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Fleeing west Mosul by boat to the shelter of a UNHCR camp

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

UNHCR Fears Mosul, Hawiga Fighting will Trigger Displacement Wave

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

Trapped Mosul civilians in dire need of relief

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

After the battle, Aleppo residents want to get back to work

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

As tensions ease, some displaced return to Bangui

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

Senegal: Around 45,000 have fled political uncertainty in The Gambia

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

Some 45,000 people have fled uncertainty in Gambia as tension mounts

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

Displaced by war, Ukrainians with disabilities find creative ways to cope

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

Displaced Mosul family denounce torture

10 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

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