About UNHCR in Ukraine

The UN Refugee Agency established a presence in Ukraine in 1994. In 2002, Ukraine ratified the 1951 Convention relating to the status of refugees and its 1967 Protocol. In 2011, Ukraine adopted a law which regulates the treatment of refugees and other persons of concern. In 2013, Ukraine ratified two UN Conventions relating to the status of stateless persons (1954) and on the reduction of statelessness (1961). The role of UNHCR in Ukraine is to advise and assist the Government as well as to monitor the implementation of the country’s international responsibilities relating to the protection of refugees.

The main directions of UNHCR activities are:

  • Advocacy for an effective asylum system and legislation in line with international standards
  • Ensuring protection for all persons of concern
  • Sponsoring self-sufficiency, local integration and assistance in voluntary repatriation
  • Creating humanitarian space for internally displaced and asylum seekers in the context of mixed migration movements
  • Combating and preventing statelessness
  • Assistance to the most vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced
  • Training for government officials and civil society organisations involved in refugee and IDP protection
  • Advocacy activities aimed at enhancing refugee protection, and combating racism and xenophobia

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

Address: 16, Lavrska St., Kyiv, 01015, Ukraine
Теlephone: +38(044) 288 9710
Fax: +38(044) 288 9850
E-mail: ukrki@unhcr.org
Website: www.unhcr.org.ua
Facebook: @UNHCRKyiv
Twitter: @unhcrukraine

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