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Learn more about UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

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The United Nations Refugee Agency, also known as UNHCR, helps people displaced by violence, persecution and conflict.

UNHCR works around the globe to aid and protect people forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict, and persecution. We opened the doors to our Canadian office in 1976 and since that day, have worked tirelessly with civil society and the Canadian government to protect and aid asylum-seekers, refugees, resettled and stateless persons in Canada.

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About the UN Refugee Agency

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is the world’s leading organization aiding and protecting people forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict and persecution.

Tareq Hadhad, a Syrian refugee and founder of Peace by Chocolate, poses with the Canadian flag he received following his Canadian citizenship ceremony at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

About UNHCR Canada

Whenever and wherever people are uprooted by conflict, UNHCR is there offering life-saving assistance.

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