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Highlights from UNHCR country offices in Europe
What role does UNHCR play in Europe?
UNHCR works to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees, asylum-seekers, stateless people and internally displaced persons by providing guidance and support to governments across Europe, collaborating closely with partners, and promoting the best international standards in legislation, policy and procedures.
As the custodian of the 1951 Refugee Convention, UNHCR supports efforts by governments and other stakeholders to ensure access to asylum and to international protection for refugees and asylum-seekers, as well as promoting durable solutions. UNHCR works to strengthen partnerships with state and non-state actors in order to ensure the inclusion of refugees, to garner support for both refugees and the communities hosting them, as well as enhancing joint advocacy efforts in the spirit of the Global Compact on Refugees.
With a Regional Bureau in Geneva, Switzerland, and office presence in 36 European countries, UNHCR is covering 49 States, including 27 EU Member States, and one territory in the Europe region.
Key global facts and figures
at the end of 2021 as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations or events seriously disturbing public order.
Low- and middle-income countries hosted 83 per cent of the world’s refugees and Venezuelans displaced abroad.*