United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is mandated by the United Nations to lead and coordinate international action for the world-wide protection of refugees and the resolution of refugee problems. UNHCR's primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. UNHCR strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another state, and to return home voluntarily.

 

History of UNHCR in Ethiopia

 

In its 44 years of presence in Ethiopia, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has carried out a dual mission: diplomatic negotiations geared to influence Africa’s policies on refugees and IDPs and protection and assistance for refugees in Ethiopia. Download the full document