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
September 2015: ARC was commissioned to prepare a COI Query response on the situation in Khartoum and Omdurman, of those persons who habitually reside in Khartoum or Omdurman but who are not originally from there, focusing on Darfuri, Nuba, other ethnic and/or religious minorities, students, political activists, human rights activists and journalists, IDPs, and returnees. August 2015: In collaboration with the Dutch Council for Refugees, ARC has prepared joint Comments on the EASO Country of Origin Information Report Eritrea Country Focus, May 2015. This commentary sets out our main observations and recommendations based on an initial reading of the report, focusing on Chapter 3. 'National service' and Section 6.4 of Chapter 6 'Exit'.
August 2015: On behalf of the Still Human Still Here Coalition, ARC has prepared a Commentary on the April 2015 and February 2015 CIGs on India (August 2015) which identifies the main inconsistencies and omissions between the currently available COI and case law on India and the conclusions reached in two CIG reports issued by the UK Home Office. June 2015: ARC was commissioned to prepare a COI Compilation on Pakistan on issues of relevance in refugee status determination for Pakistani nationals, not including the Pakistan-administered Kashmir region, nor COI specifically relevant for the assessment of religion-based claims or claims based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
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: