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What We Do

What We Do
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Help the Uprooted and Stateless

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.

In more than six decades, the agency has helped people restart their lives. Today, a staff of more than 7,600 people in over than 125 countries continues to help tens of millions of people.

Protection

The protection of millions of uprooted or stateless people is UNHCR's core mandate.

Emergency Response

UNHCR is committed to increasing its ability to respond to complex emergency situations.

Assistance

From life-saving aid to help with shelter, health, water, education and more.

Durable Solutions

Voluntary repatriation, local integration, resettlement, the three key solutions.

Environment

How UNHCR and partners seek to minimize the environmental impact of refugee operations.

Millennium Development Goals

Refugees, asylum seekers, IDPs and the Millenium Development Goals

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Asylum and Migration

Asylum and Migration

All in the same boat: The challenges of mixed migration around the world.

Global Needs Assessment

Global Needs Assessment

A blueprint for planning and action that gives donors an accurate picture of what is needed.

Fund-Raising

Fund-raising is vital to UNHCR, which relies on donations for almost all of its annual budget.

Advocacy

Advocacy is a key element in UNHCR activities to protect people of concern.

Capacity Building

Helping national authorities meet their obligations to the uprooted.