UNHCR is a UN organization that has granted the mission to protect the refugees globally. UNHCR was created in 1950 to help the millions of people who had lost their homes during the Second World War. Though it was initially created with a three-year term, today, UNHCR has been protecting and supporting refugees in the world for more than 70 years.
In 2001, UNHCR Representation in the Republic of Korea (UNHCR Korea) was first established as a liaison office under the regional office in Tokyo, Japan. In July 2006, it was promoted as representation to take on increased responsibilities for the Republic of Korea in the international development sector. Since then, UNHCR Korea has contributed to strengthening capabilities in protecting refugees in the country, and to elicit participation and responsibility of the Korean society in yielding solutions for refugee issues.
UNHCR Korea engages with various stakeholders including the Government, the National Human Rights Commission, Civil Society Organizations and people under UNHCR's mandate to improve the domestic protection system. Through many activities, we work towards expanding fundraising efforts, promoting inclusion and finding solutions that enable refugees to rebuild their lives.