In 2021, the number of refugees under UNHCR's mandate rose to 21.3 million. A further 5.8 million registered refugees are cared for in some 60 camps across the Middle East by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which was set up in 1949 to care for displaced Palestinians.

The protection of refugees has many aspects. These include safety from being returned to danger, access to fair and efficient asylum procedures, and measures to ensure that their basic human rights are respected while they secure a longer-term solution. UNHCR works around the clock to accomplish all of this, but we can’t do it alone.

Your support helps us to continue providing life-saving protection to millions.

Mexico. Central American Refugees Jose Ismael and Leonel Antonio Diaz sell flowers in the streets of Tapachula, Mexico.

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