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Our primary purpose at UNHCR is to safeguard the rights and well-being of people who have been forced to flee. Together with partners and communities, we work to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another country. We also strive to secure lasting solutions.

For over half a century, UNHCR has helped millions of people to restart their lives. They include refugeesreturneesstateless peoplethe internally displaced and asylum-seekers. Our protection, shelter, health and education has been crucial, healing broken pasts and building brighter futures.


An asylum-seeker is an individual who is seeking international protection.

Internally Displaced People

The internally displaced seek safety in other parts of their country.


Refugees are people fleeing conflict or persecution.

Ending Statelessness

Stateless people do not have a nationality and can struggle to realize their human rights.


Returnees are people who have finally returned home.

Safeguarding Individuals

Every human being deserves a life free from persecution and discrimination.