聯合國難民署於1950年12月14日由聯合國大會創立。聯合國難民署負責指導和協調全球行動、保護難民並尋求難民問題解決方案。聯合國難民署致力於確保每一個人享有尋求庇護的權利,並可以在其他國家得到安全庇護,或者在情況許何時自願返回原籍地、就地融入或安置到第三國家。聯合國難民署因其幫助歐洲難民的開創性工作及對全球難民的援助,先後於1954年和1981年獲得諾貝爾和平獎。

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was established on 14 December 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee issues. It strives to ensure that everyone has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another state, with the option to voluntarily return home when conditions are conducive for return, integrate locally or resettle to a third country. UNHCR has twice won the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1954 for its ground-breaking work in helping the refugees of Europe, and in 1981 for its worldwide assistance to refugees.