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Durable Solutions

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The Ultimate Goal

While UNHCR's primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees, our ultimate goal is to help find durable solutions that will allow them to rebuild their lives in dignity and peace. There are three solutions open to refugees where UNHCR can help: voluntary repatriation; local integration; or resettlement to a third country in situations where it is impossible for a person to go back home or remain in the host country. UNHCR helps achieve one or other of these durable solutions for refugees around the world every year. But for several million refugees and a greater number of internally displaced people, these solutions are nowhere in sight. UNHCR has been highlighting these protracted situations in a bid to get movement towards solutions. In many cases, the absence of longer-term solutions aggravates protection problems.


UNHCR works with the country of origin and host countries to help refugees return home.

Local Integration

Integration of refugees in the host community allows recipients to live in dignity and peace.


An alternative for those who cannot go home, made possible by UNHCR and governments.




Transitional Solutions Initiative

Concept Note: Transitional Solutions Initiative (TSI), UNDP and UNHCR in collaboration with the World Bank.