Persons of Concern to UNHCR
A generic term used to describe all persons whose protection and assistance needs are of interest to UNHCR. These include refugees under the 1951 Convention, persons who have been forced to leave their countries as a result of conflict or events seriously disturbing public order, asylum seekers, returnees, stateless persons, and, in some situations, internally displaced persons. UNHCR’s authority to act on behalf of persons of concern other than refugees is based on General Assembly and ECOSOC resolutions.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR Master Glossary of Terms, June 2006, Rev.1,
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