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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: United Nations agency mandated to protect and support refugees
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is a UN agency mandated to aid and protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities, and stateless people, and to assist in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third country. UNHCR's mandate does not apply to Palestinian refugees, who are assisted by UNRWA. It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with over 17,300 staff working in 135 countries.

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UN deplores deadly shooting of three Europe-bound migrants in Libya [Video]

UN deplores deadly shooting of three Europe-bound migrants in Libya

"We can no longer afford to ignore what's happening inside Libya," UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley told Euronews.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:40Published

Syrian refugees grow crops from old mattresses [Video]

Syrian refugees grow crops from old mattresses

Syrian refugees, working with experts from University of Sheffield and the United Nations Refugee Agency UNHCR, are using hydroponic farming to grow vertical gardens.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:58Published

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UN body moves Indian Supreme Court to intervene over CAA

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Refugee scholarship winner calls for more 'stories empowered by women'

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Texas governor to reject new refugees, first under Trump

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