United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Also called UNHCR. An organization created by the United Nations in 1950 and charged with providing assistance to and protection of persons displaced by a government as the result of a war, persecution or another reason. It helps them return to their homes or to settle in another country.
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The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said: "The number of refugees arriving in the Greek islands continues to rise, averaging 1,000 people daily.
In addition, the numbers are only slated to increase amid intensified fighting across Syria, the UN refugee agency noted.
Washington, July 9 (Petra)--The number of Syrian refugees who have fled their country since the start of the civil war now exceeds 4 million, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Tuesday, the UN refugee agency, said the heavy fighting ongoing in South Sudan's Unity and Upper Nile states has also blocked humanitarian aid deliveries for some 650,000 people as aid organizations were forced to withdraw from war zones.
The UN refugee agency said Saturday saw at least 32 Yemenis arrive by sea to Somaliland and the semiautonomous Puntland region.
An estimated 300 people probably died after attempting to reach Italy from Libya in three inflatable rafts, the UN refugee agency said on Wednesday after speaking to survivors rescued by Italy's coast guard in the past few days.
1 million Syrian refugees onequarter of the country's permanent population are scattered across some 1,700 communities, according to the UN refugee agency.
Summary: UN refugee agency spokesman says there are 20,000-30,000 people on Sinjar Mountain, and some 35,000 people have managed to flee.
Zaid Al-Alaya'a, a media assistant at the UN Refugee Agency, told the Yemen Times that all the arrested Ethiopians are economic migrants and therefore not asylum seekers, adding that they are not seeking refugee status.
It further said that the Sri Lankan controller general of immigration should not deport members of Pakistani minority groups until the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has had full access to them and determined their need for international protection.
The UN refugee agency says Iraq's refugee population has increased by almost 800,000 this year as the government struggles against rebels and militants.
This was announced by Boris Cheshirkov, Spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Bulgaria, in an interview for Darik radio.
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