About ecoi.net - Your Gateway to Country of Origin Information
By securing easy and fast access to high-quality and up-to-date country of origin information for all actors involved in asylum cases, ecoi.net contributes to a fair, effective and efficient refugee status determination procedure.
ecoi.net, the country of origin information system of the Austrian Red Cross, gathers, structures and processes publicly available country of origin information with a focus on the needs of asylum lawyers, refugee counsels and persons deciding on claims for asylum and other forms of international protection.
ecoi.net promotes the principle of public domain information as well as equal access to high-quality country of origin information for all persons involved in asylum cases.
ecoi.net is committed to an impartial information policy and to the objective and neutral presentation of country of origin information. While ecoi.net focuses on human rights issues of relevance for asylum procedures, it includes information regardless of its positive or negative character.
How We Work
ecoi.net covers more than 160 sources on a regular basis. ecoi.net preferably uses reliable information sources or sources with a high reputation, such as the United Nations, international non-governmental organisations, news and media services or government departments dealing with asylum and refugee issues. However, ecoi.net will also include less prestigious sources if they offer an added information value.
Comprehensive country of origin information not only encompasses many dimensions of human rights but also other aspects not usually covered by human rights reports. This includes information on the living situation in a given country, presentation of ethnic groups and cultural traditions and assessments of the possible development of a security situation.
ecoi.net does not cover events in all countries of the world to the same extent, but there is a focus on countries of origin of asylum applicants in Europe.
For a list of all regularly covered sources, along with information on what countries each source is covered for, click on: our sources.
ecoi.net is managed by ACCORD, the Austrian Centre for Country of Origin and Asylum Research and Documentation. ACCORD is a department of the Austrian Red Cross, based in Vienna, and provides COI research services to all actors involved in Austrian asylum procedures.
The German Informationsverbund Asyl & Migration contributes to the content management on ecoi.net. Informationsverbund Asyl & Migration is based in Berlin and runs the website www.asyl.net.
The Refugee Documentation Centre (RDC), an independent library and research service within the Legal Aid Board, Ireland, publishes selected query responses on ecoi.net and contributes financially.
ecoi.net's aims are supported by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
The COI unit of the Austrian Federal Office for Immigration and Asylum publishes selected products in cooperation with ecoi.net. A registration is required for access. For details, see www.staatendokumentation.at.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can find more detailed information in our answers to Frequently Asked Questions: www.ecoi.net/faq