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Help the Uprooted and Stateless
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 six decades, the agency has helped millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of more than 9,300 people in 123 countries provides protection and assistance to nearly 55 million refugees, returnees, internally displaced and stateless people. A further 5.1 million registered refugees are being looked after in the Middle East by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees.
The protection of millions of uprooted or stateless people is UNHCR's core mandate.
UNHCR is committed to increasing its ability to respond to complex emergency situations.
From life-saving aid to help with shelter, health, water, education and more.
Voluntary repatriation, local integration, resettlement, the three key solutions.
- UNHCR ExCom Chair Ambassador Comissário visits Iran
- Togolese refugee finds a new beginning in Liberia
- UNHCR urges States to help avert Bay of Bengal boat crisis in coming weeks
- Survivors tell harrowing tales of fight for air on "boat of death" off Libya
- Mediterranean Sea crossings exceed 300,000, including 200,000 to Greece.
All in the same boat: The challenges of mixed migration around the world.
A blueprint for planning and action that gives donors an accurate picture of what is needed.
Fund-raising is vital to UNHCR, which relies on donations for almost all of its annual budget.
Advocacy is a key element in UNHCR activities to protect people of concern.
Helping national authorities meet their obligations to the uprooted.