UNHCR is often faced with a sudden emergency requiring an immediate response - an eruption of fighting causing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, perhaps, or a massive earthquake displacing hundreds of thousands.
UNHCR is almost entirely funded by direct, voluntary contributions - the bulk of it from donor nations.
While UNHCR's primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees, our ultimate goal is to help find durable solutions that will allow them to rebuild their lives in dignity and peace.
Advocacy is a key element in UNHCR activities to protect refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced people and stateless people.
Strengthening capacity, a core activity in the area of protection, seeks to help states meet their international legal obligations to protect refugees.
Refugees, asylum seekers, stateless persons, migrants, women and children or other people in need of protection increasingly moving across borders in search for protection or better opportunities in nowadays globalized world.
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.