Refugees come from all walks of life – they are farmers, factory workers, shopkeepers, mechanics, electricians, doctors, lawyers, politicians. What sets them apart from others is their need for international protection because of war, persecution due to their beliefs, and violations of their human rights.
Refugees cannot be protected by their own country as they were forced to flee from it. Therefore, their protection and assistance then becomes a matter of the responsibility of the international community.
UNHCR together with its partners promote protection activities and assistance programmes to ensure that their basic needs are met while waiting for a longer term solution.