United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

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    abbreviationunhcr, hcr
    formation14 december 1950; 69 years ago (1950-12-14)
    typeunited nations programme
    legal statusnonprofit
    headquartersgeneva, switzerland
    head
    high commissioner for refugees
    filippo grandi
    parent organization
    united nations general assembly
    www.unhcr.org
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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.[1] the unhcr has won two nobel peace prizes, once in 1954 and again in 1981[2] and a prince of asturias awards for international cooperation in 1991.

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Emblem of the United Nations.svg
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Logo.png
AbbreviationUNHCR, HCR
Formation14 December 1950; 69 years ago (1950-12-14)
TypeUnited Nations Programme
Legal statusNonprofit
HeadquartersGeneva, Switzerland
Head
High Commissioner for Refugees
Filippo Grandi
Parent organization
United Nations General Assembly
www.unhcr.org
A coloured voting box.svg Politics portal

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.[1] The UNHCR has won two Nobel Peace Prizes, once in 1954 and again in 1981[2] and a Prince of Asturias Awards for International Cooperation in 1991.