UNHCR in Central Europe works to ensure that asylum-seekers have access to territory, fair and efficient asylum procedures, and humane reception conditions. UNHCR also promotes the integration of refugees into their host societies, or resettlement someplace else if it is not possible for these people to stay in the country where they first sought refuge. The UN refugee agency also works to protect stateless people in the region by lobbying for the development and strengthening of laws to tackle and reduce the problem.
The Shared Service Center of UNHCR was founded in 2008 in Budapest, when it was moved from Geneva. The center in Budapest operates as the most important administration unit of UNHCR in Europe and provides financial and accounting, payroll, HR, logistics and communication services to the organization.