The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established in 1950. The agency is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Since 2006 UNHCR has also taken a leading role in the area of protection of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), which Greece supports.
Greece is one of the oldest members of the Agency and an active player in the field of dealing with the flow of migrants due to its geographical position, being one of the main entry point countries of irregular migrants in the Mediterranean area. The office of UNHCR was established in Greece in 1952 and its inauguration took place just 15 months after the establishment of the Office of the agency in New York by the General Assembly. Greece also ranks in one of the highest positions concerning financing of the Agency, per capita, worldwide.
Cooperation between Greece and UNHCR has been strengthened, especially since the beginning of the war in Iraq and currently the Syria crisis, the migration flow towards Greece having been augmented.
The Greek government and the UNHCR are in close cooperation to ensure the full enjoyment of all human rights by all individuals. The revised Greek Action Plan on the Reform of the Asylum System and Migration Management is the strategic implementation of the Government’s determination to reform the asylum and immigration processes.
Greece is an Executive Committee Member and a Standing Committee Member of the UNHCR and supports the recent actions of the High Commissioner Mr. António Guterres aiming at restructuring the Organization to make it more effective.
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