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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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UNHCR concerned about fighting in northern Syria affecting thousands of vulnerable civilians

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

Syria conflict at five years

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

Syria conflict at 5 years: the biggest refugee and displacement crisis of our time demands a huge surge in solidarity

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

Driven by starvation, Syrians forage for grass

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

One war forced a family to flee Somali, and now another has forced them to return

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

UNHCR wraps up the Liberian repatriation operation

4 January 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR helps resolve land issues in Sri Lanka's north

6 November 2012 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

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