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What is the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees?

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) leads and coordinates international action to protect refugees. Its main goal is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees, helping to ensure that they can exercise their right to seek asylum and find safe refuge.

What Are the Refugees' Rights?

Refugees must respect the laws of their country of asylum. However, refugees also have rights of their own, including:

The UNHCR may also provide assistance when sufficient government resources are not available.

Who Can Be a Refugee?

There are certain classes of people who can be a refugee. Strictly speaking, the legal definition of a refugee is a person who is outside his country because of a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. There are questions, however, as to whether particular classes of individuals can be considered refugees:

Should I Contact a Lawyer about My Status as a Refugee?

The field of international law is very broad and potentially confusing. An experienced immigration lawyer can help guide you through the process of becoming a refugee. An immigration attorney can also help you seek permanent residence if you are eligible.

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Last Modified: 09-30-2016 02:53 PM PDT

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