UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is mandated by the UN General Assembly to lead international action to protect, assist and find solutions for people, who are forced to flee their homes because of conflict, violence, persecution or human rights violations.

For more than 70 years, UNHCR has helped millions of people to a better future, including refugees, internally displaced people, stateless persons, asylum-seekers and returnees.

UNHCR provides life-saving assistance like shelter, food and water in emergencies around the world. It works to ensure fundamental human rights, including the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another country. UNHCR also works to find durable solutions, making sure that people have a safe place to call home and are given the opportunity to rebuild their lives.

UNHCR is working in more than 130 countries, and the large majority of the staff are based in the field.

UNHCR UN Refugee Agency

UNHCR in UN City
UNHCR employs +250 staff in Copenhagen, the majority working in different global Headquarter functions hosted in UN City.

The departments include UNHCR’s Private Sector Partnerships Service, which leads UNHCR’s growing global collaboration with the private sector and engagement of the public, also with a team particularly focused on engagements in Denmark.

UN City also hosts UNHCR’s Education Section, Global Data Service, Division of Information systems and Telecommunication as well as the joint UNHCR-World Bank Data Center.

UNHCR’s Representation for the Nordic and Baltic Countries is located in Stockholm but is present in UN City through a liaison office, that covers legal matters, advocacy and communication relating to Denmark.


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