United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Office of the (UNHCR)


United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Office of the (UNHCR)
Office established in 1951 to give legal, social, economic, and political aid to refugees.

The UNHCR is the successor of the International Refugee Organization. Its first efforts focused on Europeans displaced by World War II; it has since assisted refugees in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Yugoslavia. It is based in Geneva and is financed by voluntary government contributions. The office won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1954 and 1981.

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