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Resources for further reading

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has numerous information resources that provide crucial support to UNHCR staff as well as information for people outside the agency, including governments, aid partners, students and academics, the media and members of the public. Here are just a few of the many informative resources available to the public.

UNHCR website: The best place to start is the UNHCR website. From here, there are links to every aspect of the agency’s work, as well as easy access to more than 40 UNHCR national/language websites around the world.

Two key reports: UNHCR’s two flagship annual publications -- The Global Appeal and The Global Report provide an in-depth look at the agency’s worldwide operations in an attractive, fact-filled and easy to navigate online format.

Statistics: For the latest in global refugee statistics, UNHCR’s Field Information and Coordination Support Section provides a wealth of data and statistical reports on categories of people of concern to the agency: refugees, asylum-seekers, returned refugees, internally displaced and stateless people.

Maps: UNHCR's Field Information and Coordination Support Section provides a variety of geographic information and a wide range of cartographic products using a number of tools, including satellite imagery, global positioning systems and computer technology. View the latest maps.

For teachers: UNHCR's website provides a wide range of educational materials, ranging from publications and posters to DVDs -- ideal materials to help children and young adults learn more about refugee issues.

News and views: The very latest in news and views about refugees and global displacement, including videos, photo features, press releases and daily updates and analysis of major issues and operations.

Refworld: A vast collection of refugee- and asylum-related information used by specialists around the world to help make informed decisions on refugee status.

Archives: UNHCR maintains a large repository of documents, including electronic ones, in its Geneva archives.

Latest policy: UNHCR’s Policy Development and Evaluation Service provides analysis and research on current issues and operations.