Selection of Documents from Unhcr Archives

Posted: 25 Dec 2019


The “UNHCR and the Global Cold War” project endeavored to describe, preserve and catalog the original records created by UNHCR field and headquarters operations between 1971 and 1984. The aim was to facilitate the production and dissemination of this UN Agency's institutional memory by making these tools available to UNHCR staff and external researchers. In the same spirit, the research team has selected a few documents that exemplify the richness of the “UNHCR Fonds 11 Series 2, Classified Subject Files 1971–1984”. The first document is a mission report written by Sergio Vieira de Mello when he acted as UNHCR Regional Representative in South America. It is a good example of the kind of long and detailed memorandum one can find in the UNHCR Archives. The following documents on Afghan refugees, the “Toscani Report” and Displaced Salvadorans illustrate the articles written by the team of researchers from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Finally, the last document on the Orderly Departure Programme from Vietnam provides additional information on this very specific aspect of UNHCR activities during the 1970s and 1980s and thus illustrates Judith Kumin's article.

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, Selection of Documents from Unhcr Archives. Refugee Survey Quarterly, Vol. #, No. #, Year. Available at SSRN: or

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