ARC undertakes research, advocacy and training to improve the quality of refugee status determination
- Case specific COI research and analysis
- Policy briefings
- Research consultancy and project management
- Country specific, thematic or customised training
- A free bi-monthly COI Update
April 2016: Together with the Dutch Council for Refugees, ARC published a Commentary on the EASO Country of Origin Information Reports Afghanistan (January 2016) and Somalia (February 2016) setting out our main observations, concerns and recommendations on an initial reading of the report and focusing on Kabul and Benadir-Mogadishu respectively. April 2016: ARC collates the issues of relevance to COI from the monthly EASO newsletters. Now available: Key COI related points from EASO newsletters in 2016_up to March 2016. March 2016: ARC has prepared a Sri Lanka COI Query Response-UPDATE. This COI Query response presents COI from August 2014 to February 2016 on (1) Information on Tamils who have returned (voluntarily or forced) to Sri Lanka since August 2014 and who were subjected to detention and/or torture and/or ill-treatment; (4) Any information on recent arrest/detention/ ill-treatment/ torture of Tamils within Sri Lanka, and on what grounds since August 2014. It provides an update to an August 2014 ARC Sri Lanka Query response.
January 2016: Co-authored by Migration Work, Refugee Action and ARC, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) commissioned report Quality of legal services for asylum seekers has now been published. The report set out to examine: The legal services market for asylum seekers; The barriers to effective use of legal services for asylum seekers, their access to redress, and whether these restrict their access to justice; What constitute good and poor practice and whether these are associated with certain aspects or types of legal cases. The study involved speaking with 123 asylum seekers, an online survey of solicitors and interviews with solicitors, community groups and representative bodies. A barrister with extensive experience in immigration and asylum casework undertook file reviews.
ARC and the Dutch Council for Refugees invite all COI researchers and users of COI working in RSD to join the COI FORUM, a free online tool to share publications and ideas on COI research and sources, as well as to develop shared resources. Find out more here.
In the UK Country Guidance case AK (Article 15(c)) Afghanistan CG  UKUT 00163(IAC) (18 May 2012), the Tribunal determined that “there may be a useful role in country guidance cases for reports by COI (Country of Origin) analysts/consultants” such as ARC (headnote A (iv) and para. 178) and considered that ARC consultants have the “relevant skills and experience to undertake this work” (para. 178).
Country of Origin Information Update
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Home Office country of origin publications. View the Archive of COI Updates or download the most recent update: