Protecting Refugees

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Protecting refugees is the core mandate of UNHCR.

Governments normally guarantee the basic human rights and physical security of their citizens. But when people become refugees this safety net disappears. Refugees fleeing war or persecution are often in a very vulnerable situation. They have no protection from their own state - indeed it is often their own government that is threatening to persecute them. If other countries do not let them in, and do not protect and help them once they are in, then they may be condemning them to an intolerable situation where their basic rights, security and, in some cases their lives, are in danger.

The protection of 34.4 million uprooted or stateless people is the core mandate of UNHCR. The agency does this in several ways: it ensures the basic human rights of uprooted or stateless people in their countries of asylum or habitual residence end that refugees will not be returned involuntarily to a country where they could face persecution. Longer term, the organization helps refugees find appropriate durable solutions to their plight, by repatriating voluntarily to their homeland, integrating in countries of asylum or resettling in third countries.

Asylum systems in the region - Pacific Island Countries
UNHCR is involved in capacity building activities, and promoting refugee law and principles in the Pacific region. UNHCR also has a default mandate responsibility to provide protection and assistance in areas where state asylum systems have not yet developed independent capacity.   Of ....
Asylum systems in the region - Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea is a signatory to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol (acceded 17 July 1986).   The 1978 Migration Act (as amended in 1989) permits the Minister to “determine a non-citizen to be a refugee”; however, there is no ....
Asylum systems in the region - Australia
Australia is a Contracting State to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of refugees and its 1967 Protocol, and was in fact the six State Party to ratify the Convention, bringing it into force on 22 January 1954. Australiahas a well-established system for determining refugee ....
Asylum systems in the region - New Zealand
New Zealand is a Contracting State to the 1951 Convention and the 1967 Protocol relating to the status of refugees.   It has a well-established refugee status determination process which is carried out by Immigration New Zealand (INZ).   UNHCR has a supervisory responsibility ....
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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is an impartial, non-political humanitarian organisation mandated by the United Nations to protect refugees and seek ways to help them restart their lives. UNHCR's Regional Office in Canberra covers Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific, and is focussed on three key areas: legal protection, resettlement and public information.