The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (also called the United Nations Agency for Refugees) was created on the 14th of December 1950 under the decision of the General Assembly of the United Nations. The Agency mandate includes coordination of international efforts to protect refugees and solve their problems all over the world.
The main objective of the Agency is to protect the rights and well-being of refugees. The agency tries to make each person to exercise his right for a refuge in another country with a chance to return home, assimilate in local community or move to a third country. The agency mandate also includes support of individuals with no citizenship.
For more than sixty years of its existence the Agency has helped millions of people to start a new life. Now about 7 685 employees in more than 125 countries of the world continue to help 33,9 million people.
The UNHCR in Russia carries out various activities against xenophobia and promotes tolerance to refugees and other categories of people who are in charge of the Agency by means of information and education of the society, including “hot line”, radio broadcasts about refugees and migration, contests and exhibitions dedicated to the World Refugee Day and other events. The UNHCR takes part in international film festivals on human rights, holds workshops for journalists who speak about problems of migration.