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Fridtjof Nansen

Fridtjof Nansen

Who was Fridtjof Nansen?

Fridthof Nansen (1861-1930) was a Norwegian scientist, polar explorer and diplomat.

Besides and extensive scientific record, and his many other humanitarian tasks, he became the League of Nation’s first High Commissioner for Refugees.  He introduced the ‘Nansen Passport’, the first legal instrument for the international protection of (stateless) refugees.  He started implementing durable solutions for hundreds of thousands of refugees in the 1920s.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922.  UNHCR honours him with the annual Nansen Refugee Award for individuals or organisations who dedicate their lives to supporting people displaced from their homes by war and conflict.

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