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
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. June 2015: On behalf of the Still Human Still Here Coalition, ARC has prepared a Commentary on the December 2014 and April 2015 Home Office Country Information and Guidance (CIG) reports on Iraq which identifies the main inconsistencies and omissions between the currently available COI and case law on Iraq and the conclusions reached in two CIG reports issued by the UK Home Office
May 2015: On behalf of the Still Human Still Here Coalition, ARC has prepared a Commentary on the March 2015 Home Office Country Information and Guidance (CIG) reports on Eritrea which identifies the main inconsistencies and omissions between the currently available COI and case law on Eritrea and the conclusions reached in two CIG reports issued by the UK Home Office March 2015: in collaboration with the Dutch Council for Refugees, ARC published Comments on the EASO Country of Origin Information report Afghanistan: Security Situation, January 2015. This commentary sets out our main observations, concerns and recommendations based on an initial reading of the report, focusing on ‘Chapter 2.1.1 Kabul city’.
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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