What is UNHCR?
Since 1951, UNHCR has helped over 50 million refugees to restart their lives.
UNHCR is the UN agency mandated to ensure respect for the rights of people fleeing war and persecution and to find lasting solutions to their plight.
UNHCR in Belgium
UNHCR has been present in Brussels since 1951. Brussels is now the base for UNHCR’s Bureau for Europe. The UNHCR Representation in Brussels is responsible for UNHCR’s relations with the European Union Institutions and the follwoing European countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom:
- The Representation works to ensure that international refugee protection norms are respected at national and EU levels;
- It contributes actively to the development of EU and national laws and policies on asylum;
- It mobilizes public, political and financial support for refugees and for the work of UNHCR from 11 above-mentioned countries and the EU.
UNHCR is the designated guardian of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, which is the cornerstone of international refugee law. Some provisions such as the definition of the term ‘refugee’ and the principle of non- return of people to countries where they could face persecution (non-refoulement) have become fundamental principles of international law. With the treaty’s help, UNHCR has assisted millions of people to rebuild their shattered lives, and regional international legal instruments have been created which have their foundations in the 1951 Convention.
You may view and download UNHCR publications on the website:
UNHCR Global: www.unhcr.org
For further information, please contact:
UNHCR in Brussels
Avenue Louise 283
Tel: +32 2 627 59 99
Fax: +32 2 627 59 98