Protecting Refugees - Questions & Answers

Georgian refugee who fled the war in the region in the 1990sA refugee is a person who "owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country..."

The 1951 Convention relating to
the Status of Refugees


1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol

Using the 1951 Geneva Refugee Convention as its major tool, UNHCR's core mandate is to ensure the international protection of uprooted people worldwide. It promotes the basic human rights of refugees and that they will not be returned involuntarily to a country where they face persecution. It helps them to repatriate to their homeland when conditions permit, integrate into states of asylum or resettle in third countries. UNHCR promotes international refugee agreements, helps states establish asylum structures and acts as an international watchdog over refugee issues.


Information for Refugees and Persons in Need of Compementary Protection



To apply for a refugee status or status of a person in need of complementary protection in Ukraine, you must fill out an Asylum Application Form and Questionnaire that can be downloaded in any of the following languages:

We also wish to draw your attention to paragraph 5 of the Questionnaire where it is recommended to indicate that applicants seeking refugee status must agree to provide access to evidences, documents, and supplementary materials that will help to prove or substantiate their respective cases to the UNHCR representative and its partner organizations.