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Water and Sanitation

Refugees in Kenya and Chad are in urgent need of clean water and sanitation facilities to stay safe and healthy.

Clean Water Appeal

Crisis in Iraq

The surge in conflict since June 2014 has spread across Iraq. Violence has displaced Iraqis across the country.

Donate to the Iraq Crisis Appeal

UNHCR chief Guterres and Angelina Jolie warn of mounting crisis in the Mediterranean

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and Special Envoy Angelina Jolie have called for increased efforts to contribute to the rescue of irregular migrants in the Mediterranean.

Mounting Mediterranean crisis

After three years of conflict, the Syrian people still need our help

The crisis in Syria is the largest humanitarian operation in history. More than 2.7 million people have fled their homes and 9.3 million are in need of urgent assistance.

Donate to the Syria Crisis Appeal

Iraq - Escape to Athens

Despite making their way to Greece after an arduous journey, Iraq refugees still face major obstacles, including a struggle to make ends meet in the Greek capital and the risk of detention and deportation if stopped without identification, which most don't have.

Escape to Athens
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About Us

Australia for UNHCR is an Australian charity that raises funds to support the work of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Australia. Our purpose is to provide life-changing humanitarian support to refugees and other displaced and stateless people who come under the care and protection of the UN Refugee Agency.

As well as providing emergency relief like shelter, food, water, and medical care, our generous supporters improve refugees' future opportunities, providing infrastructure, schools, and income generating projects. Our monthly donors also provide vital funding for UNHCR's Emergency Response Teams who are on the ground saving lives within 72 hours, whenever and wherever crisis strikes. Find out more about Australia for UNHCR.

About Refugees

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, cares for refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), asylum-seekers, returnees, and stateless people. There are currently over 52 million refugees and displaced people worldwide.

Refugees are people who have been forced to flee their homes by conflict or persecution. They are unwilling or unable to avail themselves of the protection of their own government, and must seek protection in another country. Read more about refugees.

What We Do

UNHCR, the world's leading humanitarian agency and charity for refugees, helps refugees and displaced people at every stage of their ordeal.

  • In emergencies, UNHCR provides emergency shelter, food, water and medical care.
  • In established refugee camps and communities, UNHCR strives to improve refugees' quality of life and future opportunities, providing infrastructure, schools and income generating projects.
  • When they are able to return, UNHCR gives refugees assistance with transport, documentation, and essential items to make the transition as smooth as possible.
  • Once they are home, UNHCR provides ongoing support and education to help refugees rebuild their communities and their livelihoods.

Read more about UNHCR.

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