UNHCR’s mission in Ukraine is to ensure that people fleeing
persecution can find a safe refuge and international protection in
UNHCR established a presence in Ukraine in 1994. In 2002 Ukraine
acceded to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees
and its 1967 Protocol. The role of UNHCR in Ukraine is to advise
and assist the Government as well as monitor the implementation
of the country’s international responsibilities relating to protection
of refugees. UNHCR is actively engaged with the Government and
supported by NGOs in developing national legislation and building
an effective asylum system which is in compliance with international
The overall objective of UNHCR activities in Ukraine is to
strengthen the institution of asylum. The main directions of
UNHCR activities are:
• Lobbying and advocacy for an effective asylum system
and legislation in line with international standards,
including introduction of complementary protection.
• Ensuring protection for all persons of concern, in
particular securing full and unhindered access to the
territory and the asylum procedure, and securing
protection against refoulement.
• Attaining durable solutions, including increased
resettlement opportunities, improved local integration
conditions and assistance to refugees who wish to
• Striving to preserve space for asylum in the context of
mixed migration movements.
• Combating statelessness, caused inter alia by the break
up of the Soviet Union.
• Provision of legal, material and social assistance to
refugees and asylum seekers.
• Training for government officials, and civil society
involved in refugee protection.
• Advocacy activities aimed at enhancing refugee
protection and combating racism and xenophobia.
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