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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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Update: Over 20,000 DRC refugees in Angola

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

More than one million children have fled escalating violence in South Sudan

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

Skin markings save farmer escaping DRC violence

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

Angola: UNHCR airlifts aid to newly-arrived refugees from the DRC

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

Kasai violence drives over 11,000 Congolese to seek refuge in Angola

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

UNHCR begins expanding health centre in Malawi refugee camp however more support is needed

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

South Sudan's refugee crisis now world's fastest growing

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

UNHCR, African host countries agree on final steps to resolve Rwandan refugee situation

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

Over 300,000 Burundians have fled to stretched neighbouring countries

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

Burundians continuing to flee the country one year after crisis began

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

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