Promoting Refugee Protection

UNHCR supports countries in the region* to develop national refugee legislation, increase capacity in refugee status determination and introduce protection safeguards in immigration procedures.

UNHCR provides technical assistance in Pacific Island countries to support the development of national refugee legislation and accession to the refugee and statelessness conventions through capacity building and training activities.

The 1951 Refugee Convention

The key legal document that forms the basis of our work. 

Refugee ProtectionBasic Documents
A UNHCR worker with her back to the camera with a group of people, one carrying a young child.

Handbook for Parliamentarians

A guide to international refugee protection and building state asylum systems.

PublicationsLegal publications

Detention Guidelines

Guidelines on the Applicable Criteria and Standards relating to the Detention of Asylum-Seekers and Alternatives to Detention.

PublicationsLegal publications

*UNHCR’s Regional Representation in Canberra covers Australia, the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.