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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. January 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 January 2016.
November 2015: In collaboration with the Dutch Council for Refugees, ARC has prepared joint Comments on the EASO Country of Origin Information Report Pakistan, Country Overview, August 2015. This commentary sets out our main observations, concerns and recommendations based on an initial reading of the report and on Chapter 3. 'Human Rights Situation', particularly 3.4 'Situation of religious groups'. October 2015: ARC was commissioned to prepare a COI Compilation on the situation in Darfur. 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.
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).
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Home Office country of origin publications. View the Archive of COI Updates or download the most recent update: