The UN Refugee Agency is a lifeline for people displaced by violence, conflict and persecution. UNHCR helps them survive, recover and build a better future. UNHCR’s focus is on basic needs and rights—like shelter, water, food, safety and protection from harm.
UNHCR has helped millions of refugees restart their lives.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also known as the UN Refugee Agency, is mandated by the United Nations to lead and coordinate international action to protect people forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict and persecution. UNHCR provides shelter, food, water, medical care and other life-saving assistance to refugees around the world.
The dream of most refugees is to return home. When possible, UNHCR helps refugees return to their homeland. When refugees can’t go back home, we work to find opportunities for them to rebuild their lives in another country. Since its formation by the United Nations General Assembly in 1950, UNHCR has helped millions refugees restart their lives and has twice received the Nobel Peace Prize.
Today, UNHCR’s committed staff of 9,300 work in more than 125 countries—saving and protecting lives and building a better future for 19.5 million refugees, 38.2 million internally displaced people and 1.8 million asylum-seekers.
We help people whose lives have been turned upside down by crisis. Whenever and wherever people are uprooted by conflict, UNHCR is there offering life-saving assistance and protection.
UNHCR works in more than 125 countries around the world. Our staff are based in some of the most isolated, volatile and challenging places in the world.