United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Australia works with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance and safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees, asylum seekers, stateless and internally displaced persons globally, including in the Indo-Pacific region.

There are now more than 65 million people forcibly displaced around the world due to persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations.

In 2016-17, Australia provided $25 million in core funding to UNHCR to:

  • provide critical life-saving assistance, including water, shelter and food, to the millions of refugees and other persons who have been forced to flee their home
  • protect vulnerable displaced persons, particularly women and girls from sexual exploitation and gender-based violence
  • strengthen international protection for refugees and internally displaced persons, including by supporting dialogue with governments hosting and resettling refugees
  • promote refugee resilience and self-reliance through livelihood support and vocational training.
Last Updated: 12 July 2018
Girl smiling in front of UNHCR sign
A UNHCR shelter at an informal settlement in Lebanon helps provide protection to Syrian refugees. Credit: UNHCR/ David Azia.