Where We Work

Around the World in Many Ways

UNHCR staff operate in some 126 countries around the world, from major capitals to remote, difficult locations where our field staff are directly helping the most vulnerable victims of displacement. We maintain offices in donor countries worldwide and wherever refugees are arriving, working closely with governments to ensure the 1951 Refugee Convention is honoured.

Staff at the Geneva headquarters now number just nine percent of our total staff. This represents a move by UNHCR to decentralise our working practice and get closer to the people we assist. While approximately 85 percent of our staff are located in the field, Geneva, along with our Global Service Centres in Budapest, Copenhagen and Amman provides much needed support for the rest of UNHCR, including key legal and administrative functions.

The largest portion of UNHCR staff are based in countries in Asia and Africa. These areas are both host to and generators of the greatest number of refugees and internally displaced people in the world. Many are in isolated locations where staff work in difficult and often dangerous conditions.

If you would like any more information about the countries in which we are located and the work that we do there, you can access this by visiting our Global Map and selecting the specific region you are interested in. Alternatively, you can use the drop down menu below the map on the right hand side of the page to select a country.

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