UNHCR promotes the basic human rights of refugees and ensures they will not be returned involuntarily to a country where they face persecution. We help them to repatriate to their homeland when conditions permit, integrate into states of asylum or resettle in third countries.
We also promote international refugee agreements, help states establish asylum structures and act as an international watchdog over refugee issues.
Documents and publications on RefWorld
An alternative for those who cannot go home, made possible by UNHCR and governments.
Handbook for Determining Refugee Status and Guidelines on International Protection
The 1951 Refugee Convention is the key legal document that forms the basis of UNHCR's work.
A series of legal research and protection policy papers issued by the UNHCR Division of International Protection.