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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That slowed efforts on the part of the UN High Commission on Refugees, which organizes world relief efforts, to plan and begin raising funds for an Iraq crisis.
* USA-UNHCR (supports the United Nations High Commission on Refugees, which will organize aid efforts): 1775 K St.
In July 1991, the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) estimated that there are more than 16 million "official" refugees worldwide.