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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representation in Japan

What is UNHCR ?

UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Filippo Grandi

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) provides protection and assistance to the world’s refugees since 1951. People of concern to UNHCR include refugees, asylum seekers, refugees who have returned home, stateless people and internally displaced persons (IDPs). UNHCR has helped well over 50 million people successfully restart their lives, earning two Nobel Peace Prizes in the process-in 1954 and 1981.

We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record. An unprecedented 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from their homes. Among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also 10 million stateless people who have no access to a nationality and are often deprived of their basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement. In a world where nearly 20 people are forcibly displaced every minute as a result of conflict or persecution, our work at UNHCR is more important than ever before. Today, some 10,900 staff work in 130 countries to protect and assist millions of refugees, returnees, internally displaced and stateless people.

Message from UNHCR Tokyo Office

Representative
Dirk Hebecker

Japan has played a lead role in supporting humanitarian action throughout the world. UNHCR values its longstanding and deep cooperation with Japan in the international displacement arena. The world is facing unprecedented levels of displacement with more than 65 million people forced to flee their homes. As old conflicts continue to rage on and even intensify and new crises erupt, resources to cope with humanitarian needs are dwindling. In the last few years, we have seen fresh displacement in and from countries like Mali, Central African Republic, Ukraine, Yemen and Burundi. In the absence of solutions, refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, South Sudan or Somalia have little hope to return home any time soon.

Japan’s reliable financial support has helped and continues to enable UNHCR and its partners to operate in many situations. Japan’s commitment to the international community is further strengthened by supporting the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants in 2016 and the work towards two new global compacts – on refugees and on migrants – in 2018. Japan is also one of Member States to actively engage in shaping the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) in a number of pilot countries. UNHCR’s presence in Tokyo will aim at further strengthening the relationship with Japan, raise more awareness about the global refugee cause and UNHCR’s work among the general public, foster diverse partnerships – including with civil society, academia and the private sector – in support of our work.

Although Japan may be geographically far from the world’s crises, there are people who come all the way to seek safety. Japan is a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention and has put in place procedures which have the potential to be developed into a comprehensive asylum system. UNHCR will continue to work with the authorities towards such a system and also to support Japan’s refugee resettlement programme.

Contact

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representation in Japan

Wesley Center, 6-10-11, Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0062, Japan
Tel:03-3499-2011 / Fax:03-3499-2272
http://www.unhcr.org/jp/(Official website UNHCR Japan)
https://www.facebook.com/unhcrorjp(Official Facebook UNHCR Japan)
https://twitter.com/UNHCR_Tokyo(Official Twitter UNHCR Japan)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiG4dK6TaS_5-nao6YCd7ZA(Official YouTube Account UNHCR Japan)
http://www.unhcr.org(Official Website, HQ)
http://www.facebook.com/UNHCR(Official Facebook, HQ)