New country priorities on ecoi.net

In early 2022, we updated our country priorities. These priorities define which sources are covered on ecoi.net, i.e. which documents you can expect to find for a country. The update is based on Austrian, European and global asylum statistics and affects what sources we cover for what countries.

This update of country priorities also modifies the system of priorities itself: Priority "D" no longer stands for the countries of the Dublin Regulation. Instead, countries for which we cover basic information on asylum reception conditions, now receive the modifier "[+R]" (for "reception conditions"). When choosing these countries, we took into account the numbers of Dublin requests - both incoming and outgoing.

Coverage of sources

On ecoi.net, more than 160 sources are covered regularly, which means our editorial staff goes through the newest publications of these sources and adds them to ecoi.net if relevant. Coverage of sources is the most comprehensive for countries of priority A, and the least comprehensive for priority E. To ensure consistency, we use statistics from the past 3 years. Statistics on applications lodged in Austria and the EU are weighted slightly higher in our ranking.

A Countries

Afghanistan

Eritrea

Iran

Iraq

Pakistan

Russian Federation

Somalia

Syria

B1 Countries

Albania

Chad

China

Congo, Dem. Rep.

Georgia

India

Moldova, Rep.

Myanmar (Burma)

North Macedonia

Palestine

Serbia

South Sudan

B2 Countries

Algeria

Armenia

Aserbaijan

Bangladesh

Central African Republic

Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

El Salvador

Ethiopia

Gambia

Guatemala

Guinea

Haiti

Honduras

Cameroon

Colombia

Cuba

Mali

Morocco

Mexico

Nicaragua

Nigeria (previously A)

Senegal

Sudan

Turkey [+R] (previously A)

Ukraine

Venezuela

Viet Nam

Yemen

C Countries

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Burkina Faso

Burundi (previously B)

Cambodia

Egypt (previously B)

Ghana

Kosovo (previously B)

Lebanon

Libya (previously B)

Malaysia

Niger

Peru

Sierra Leone

Sri Lanka

Tajikistan

Tunesia

Turkmenistan

Zimbabwe

D Countries (priority redefined)

Angola (previously E)

Belarus (previously E)

Chile (previously E)

Congo (Brazzaville) (previously E)

Dominican Republic (previously E)

Ecuador (previously E)

Guinea-Bissau (previously E)

Indonesia (previously C)

Jamaica (previously E)

Jordan (previously C)

Kazakhstan (previously C)

Kenya (previously E)

Kyrgyzstan (previously E)

Liberia (previously C)

Mongolia (previously C)

Nepal (previously C)

Philippines (previously E)

Romania [+R]

Rwanda (previously C)

Saudi Arabia (previously E)

South Africa (previously E)

Togo (zuvor E)

Uganda (zuvor B)

Uzbekistan (zuvor C)

E Countries (priority redefined)

Argentine

Australia

Austria (previously D)

Bahrain

Belgium (zuvor D)

Benin

Bhutan

Bolivia

Botswana

Brazil

Bulgaria [+R] (previously D)

Canada

Costa Rica

Croatia (previously D)

Cyprus (previously D)

Czechia (previously D)

Denmark [+R] (previously D)

Djibouti

Equatorial Guinea

Estonia (zuvor D)

Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)

Fiji

Finland (previously D)

France (previously D)

Gabon

Germany (previously D)

Greece [+R] (previously D)

Guyana

Hungary [+R] (previously D)

Ireland (previously D)

Iceland (previously D)

Israel

Italy [+R] (zuvor D)

Japan

Qatar

Kuwait (previously C)

Lao, Dem. P.R.

Lesotho

Latvia (previously D)

Liechtenstein (previously D)

Lithuania (previously D)

Luxembourg (previously D)

Madagascar

Malawi

Maldives

Malta (previously D)

Maledives

Montenegro (previously C)

Mosambik (previously C)

Namibia

New Zealand

Netherlands (previously D)

North Korea

Norway (previously D)

Oman

Panama

Papua New Guinea

Paraguay

Poland [+R] (previously D)

Portugal (previously D)

Sweden [+R] (previously D)

Switzerland (previously D)

Singapur

Slovakia (previously D)

Slovenia (previously D)

Spain [+R] (previously D)

South Korea

Suriname

Taiwan

Tanzania, United Rep.

Thailand

Timor-Leste

Trinidad and Tobago

Uruguay

United Arab Emirates

United States

United Kingdom (previously D)

Western Sahara

Zambia

What country priorities mean for coverage of sources is best explained in reversed order:

Countries of priority E receive only the most important publications: publications explicitly produced in the asylum context, like guidelines/positions or COI query responses; the main annual reports (USDOS, HRW, ai, Freedom House); as well as reports from UN CAT.

Countries of priority D receive, additionally, reports of UN committees, including NHRI reports.

Countries of priority C receive, additionally, publications from most of our sources: for instance, IWPR articles, ICG publications, as well as NGO reports for UN committees. Also, while coverage for priorities D and E is limited to annual reports by ai and HRW, priority C receives their other publications as well.

Countries of priority B receive, additionally, either a general media source (like BBC), or a country-specific source (like the Afghanistan Analysts Network). Which one of these two options is decided per country, based on availability and feasibility.

Countries of priority A receive coverage of all of the above.

For a country with the modifier "[+R]", we include basic information on reception conditions.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: info@ecoi.net.

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