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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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Hungry and desperate, thousands of Somalis trek to Ethiopia

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

Inside Somalia, drought displacement growing

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

Insecurity in Yemen threatens incoming refugees and migrants

7 February 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

'Growing hopelessness' grips 'forgotten' Somali refugees, warns UNHCR

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

UNHCR warns against risky sea crossings as 100,000 reach Yemen this year

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

UNHCR welcomes Kenya statement, urges flexibility on timeframes for Somali refugees

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

Migrant and refugee boat tragedy and irregular departures from Egypt

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

UNHCR concern over high death toll as 204,000 cross Mediterranean in first 5 months of 2016

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

UNHCR appeals to Kenya over decision to end refugee hosting

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

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