united nations high commissioner for refugees
|formation||14 december 1950|
|type||united nations programme|
|high commissioner for refugees |
|united nations general assembly |
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the united nations high commissioner for refugees (unhcr) is a united nations agency with the mandate to protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people, and 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.
unhcr was created in 1950, during the aftermaths of world war ii. its headquarters are in geneva, switzerland and it is a member of the united nations development group. the unhcr has won two nobel peace prizes, once in 1954 and again in 1981 and a prince of asturias awards for international cooperation in 1991.