UNHCR in Nigeria

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also known as the UN Refugee Agency, is the world’s leading organization aiding and protecting people forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict and persecution. UNHCR provides shelter, food, water, medical care and other life-saving assistance to refugees around the world.

The dream of most refugees is to return home. When possible, UNHCR helps refugees make this dream a reality. When refugees can’t go back home, we work to find opportunities for them to rebuild their lives in another country. Since its formation by the United Nations General Assembly in 1950, UNHCR has helped millions of refugees restart their lives and has twice received the Nobel Peace Prize.

UNHCR in Nigeria: What We Do

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced and stateless people. UNHCR strives to ensure that asylum seekers and safe refuge, having fled violence, persecution, war or disaster at home. In line with it’s global mandate, UNHCR in Nigeria works to safeguard the rights and well being of internally displaced persons (IDPs), refugee returnees, refugees and asylum seekers and persons of concern in the ECOWAS region.


UNHCR is an organisation whose core mandate puts it in permanent social contract with States for the international protection of refugees. Its employees - men and women contribute to a positive image of the United Nations as an international partner on which the various states and communities can count to respond efficiently and rapidly to emergencies; while working towards durable solutions, the restoration of social protection, human dignity and exit from humanitarian crisis towards reintegration and full access to rights.


To support the Nigerian Government and partner with civil society organisations (CSOs) in establishing response platforms for refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and other persons of concern, leaving no one behind in restoring human dignity, and creating and fostering a protective environment. To seek improved humanitarian response and space by promoting avenues for durable solutions so as to put an end to the plight of uprooted people.