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.