UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. 

It works to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another country, having fled violence, persecution, war or disaster at home. It also strives to secure lasting solutions for refugees. 
Since 1950, UNHCR has faced multiple crises on multiple continents, and provided vital assistance to millions of refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced and stateless people, many of whom have nobody left to turn to.  
The protection, shelter, health and education provided by the agency has been crucial, healing broken pasts and building hope for the future. 
For many refugees, this may mean going home.  
Another alternative for those who are unable to return is integration within the host community. This involves providing opportunities to work and earn a living, allowing refugees to provide for their families’ basic needs, maintain their dignity and contribute to society. They often enrich their host communities with their experience and skills. 
Over time their country of refuge may become home. Long-settled refugees often have strong ties to their local communities and contribute to the economic, social and cultural life of their adopted country.  
1951 Convention 
The 1951 Refugee Convention is the key legal document that forms the basis of UNHCR’s work. Ratified​ by 145 State parties, it defines the term ‘refugee’ and outlines the rights of the displaced, as well as the legal obligations of States to protect them. 
UNHCR serves as the ‘guardian’ of the 1951 Convention and its 1967 Protocol. According to the legislation, States are expected to cooperate in ensuring that the rights of refugees are respected and protected. 
The figures 
As of 30 June 2018, an unprecedented 70.4 million people around the world had been forced from home. This included 20.2 million refugees under UNHCR’s mandate, over half of whom were under the age of 18. 
There are also an estimated 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement. 
In a world where nearly 1 person is forcibly displaced every two seconds as a result of conflict or persecution, the work of UNHCR is more important than ever before. 
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