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Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

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. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.

History of UNHCR

The organisation has come a long way since its launch in 1950, winning two Nobel Peace Prizes and helping millions around the world.

UNHCR People

A network of friends, ranging from high-profile Goodwill Ambassadors to enthusiastic civilian supporters, help us reach a wide audience.

Key Facts and Figures

Discover how many people we help, how many countries we operate in, how many staff we have, how big our budget is and more.

The UK and Asylum

What is a refugee? Where do refugees to Britain come from? And how does Britain compare to other countries protecting refugees?

Jobs and Internships

The latest job and internship vacancies from UNHCR London will be posted here, as well as links to other UN career opportunities.


Stay up to date with the latest refugee related events in the UK.


UNHCR turns 60

Founded on December 14th 1950 to help the forcibly displaced after World War Two, UNHCR has since assisted tens of millions around the world.