UNHCR has been present in Central Europe since the early 1990s and has had an office in Budapest since 1989. In 2005, the Budapest office became the Regional Representation for Central Europe (RRCE).
Originally, the Budapest office oversaw UNHCR operations Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. In 2008, Romania and Bulgaria became part of the office’s responsibilities. The Czech Republic was added in 2009, Croatia in 2014, and Moldova in 2016, making the office responsible for nine countries in total.
As of January 2021, Representation Central Europe office in Budapest, is responsible for the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, and Moldova.
The role of the Representation for Central Europe is to assist, advise and advocate for governments and NGOs to do the following:
The Representation office also monitors the extent of statelessness throughout the region, and advocates for laws, policies and procedures to resolve individual cases of statelessness as well as reducing the possibility of it occurring in the future.
All activities are accompanied by public information, public awareness and external relations initiatives, published on UNHC’s digital platforms, promoting solutions
for the displaced.
In addition to its advisory and advocacy work, this office oversees programmes and operations and conducts administrative and financial oversight for the country offices it is responsible for.