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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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Number of Eritreans seeking asylum in Europe soars over figures for last year

14 November 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR shocked as boat tragedy leaves scores dead off Italian coast

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

Somali refugee population still rising in Ethiopia, new camp planned

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

One survivor, 54 die at sea attempting the voyage to Italy from Libya

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

Fear of compulsory recruitment drives Eritrean teen to flee home

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

Eritrean family leaves Tunisia border camp for new life in Belgium

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

Disruption at Choucha Camp near Tunisia-Libya border

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

Hundreds return to Libya in desperate bid to reach Europe by boat

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

UNHCR calls on States to uphold principles of rescue-at-sea and burden sharing

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

Some 2,000 people flee from Tripoli by boat to Italy and Malta

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

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