What We Do
What We Do
UNHCR/T.Adnan
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly.

The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees, and help refugees rebuild their lives in safety and dignity.

It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.

In Malaysia, its operations began since 1975. Today, staff members numbering some 150 persons, mostly Malaysians, continue to help over 92,000 refugees and asylum-seekers in Malaysia.


Advocacy is a key element in UNHCR's activities to protect refugees and asylum-seekers. read more
Developing the self reliance skills of refugee communities places refugees at the heart of solutions to their own situation and agents of their own development. read more
UNHCR seeks to find long-term solutions to the refugees' plight. read more
Enabling refugee children the right to education is a vital part of UNHCR's work in Malaysia.  read more

The health of refugees and asylum-seekers is a priority for UNHCR.  read more
UNHCR helps refugees and asylum-seekers in Malaysia tap their potential and build a platform for a better future.  read more

The protection of tens of thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers in Malaysia is UNHCR's core mandate.
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Resource mobilisation is vital to support efforts by UNHCR, NGOs and refugee communities in refugee welfare and assistance programmes.  read more





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