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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:
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The responsibility to protect - closing the gaps in the international protection regime and the new EXCOM Conclusion on Complementary Forms of Protection, Presentation by Erika Feller, Director of International Protection, UNHCR, to the "Moving On: Forced Migration and Human Rights" conference, NSW Parliament House, Sydney, Australia, 22 November 2005

22 November 2005 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

Statement by Ms. Erika Feller, Director, Department of International Protection, on the Refugee Definition (Brussels, Strategic Committee for Immigration, Frontiers and Asylum (SCIFA))

6 November 2002 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

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