About UNHCR

UNHCR helps refugees and other displaced people around the world survive, recover and rebuild better futures.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, provides life-saving aid to those who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of violence, conflict or persecution. We provide refugees with the essentials they need to survive—including clean water, food, shelter and medicine—as well as access to vital resources like education and counselling.

With 9,700 employees working in more than 126 countries, we assist more than 65 million people forced to flee their homes worldwide.

UNHCR has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives since its foundation in 1950. For our work with some of the world’s most vulnerable populations, we have twice been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Emergency response

Emergency Response

UNHCR is often faced with sudden emergencies requiring an immediate response and forcing thousands of people to flee. During refugee crises, UNHCR rushes in humanitarian aid and expert response teams to lead efforts and save lives.

During an emergency, we are able to respond to the needs of as many as 600,000 people in a little as 72 hours. UNHCR has a reputation for being "first in and last out”. When people see the blue UNHCR logo, they know they will find help.

Rebuilding Lives

Rebuilding Lives

Whenever possible, we work to bring refugees back to their homeland. When they cannot return safely, we provide the assistance they need—such as education, vocational training and livelihood support—to rebuild their lives in a new home.

Every refugee deserves a bright and safe future. That’s why UNHCR invests in creating opportunities and finding lasting solutions for the people we assist.

Last year, UNHCR delivered more than 15,000 tons of essential relief and survival items to displaced families.