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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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Secondary Refugee Movements and the Return of Asylum Seekers to Third Countries: The Meaning of Effective Protection

February 2003 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

Refugees and the Red Cross: an underdeveloped dimension of protection

15 January 2003 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

The European Union proposal on subsidiary protection: an analysis and assessment

31 December 2002 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

Prima facie status and refugee protection

24 October 2002 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

UNHCR's supervisory responsibility

1 October 2002 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

Jordan as a transit country: semi-protectionist immigration policies and and their effects on Iraqi forced migrants

3 August 2002 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

Changing priorities in refugee protection: the Rwandan repatriation from Tanzania

10 February 2002 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

Complementary or subsidiary protection? Offering an appropriate status without undermining refugee protection

5 February 2002 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

Access to safety? Negotiating protection in a Central Asian emergency

1 February 2000 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

Partnerships in the protection of refugees and other people at risk: emerging issues and work in progress

1 July 1999 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

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