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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 Statement. IOM International Dialogue on Migration Panel 1: Understanding migrant vulnerability concepts, drivers, protection frameworks and gaps

18 July 2017 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

IOM International Dialogue on Migration Panel 1: Understanding migrant vulnerability concepts, drivers, protection frameworks and gaps

18 July 2017 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

Update on two shipwrecks in the Central Mediterranean

9 May 2017 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

News comment by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, on Mediterranean crossings over the weekend

7 May 2017 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

Remarks to the UN General Assembly plenary meeting, "Global awareness of the tragedies of irregular migrants in the Mediterranean basin, with specific emphasis on Syrian asylum seekers"

7 April 2017 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

Statement delivered by Vincent Cochetel, Director of Europe Bureau on behalf of UNHCR Senior Officials Meeting of the Valletta Summit on Migration 8-9 February 2017

10 February 2017 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

Joint UNHCR and IOM statement on addressing migration and refugee movements along the Central Mediterranean route

2 February 2017 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

Opening of the High-level meeting to address large movements of refugees and migrants. Remarks by Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. New York, 19 September 2016

19 September 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

UNHCR viewpoint: 'Refugee' or 'migrant' – Which is right?

11 July 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

UNHCR: 6 steps towards solving the refugee situation in Europe

4 March 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

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