EASO publishes COI report on Somalia: Background an overview on South and Central Somalia

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) published a COI report on South and Central Somalia. The report was co-authored by, i.a., the COI department of the Austrian Federal Office for Immigration and Asylum.

Featured topics on Afghanistan, Nigeria and Somalia updated

The featured topics on Afghanistan (security in Kabul), Nigeria (Boko Haram) and Somalia (al-Shabaab) have been updated.

EASO publishes summary of tools and tips for online COI research

As part of the EASO Practical Guide series, the European Asylum Support Office published a guide informing about the main tools and tips for online research of country of origin information.

COI Checklist of the Austrian Federal Administrative Court

The Austrian Federal Administrative Court developed a checklist for assessing the quality of country of origin information decisions on international protection. We are publishing this checklist with kind permission.

USDOS publishes annual report on religious freedom for 2013

The US Department of State released its annual report on international religious freedom covering 2013.

New ACCORD report on Darfur

A new 224 pages COI report on Darfur (Sudan) has been published by ACCORD.

Linklist on the role of evidence in refugee status determination

We have added a linklist on the role of objective evidence in the refugee status determination process to our blog. The linklist is maintained by Elisa Mason for the Fahamu Refugee Programme.

UNHCR report says forced displacement tops 50 million for first time in post-World War II era

UNHCR released its annual Global Trends report, covering displacement that occurred during 2013. the report says “the number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people worldwide has, for the first time in the post-World War II era, exceeded 50 million people”.

ecoi.net launches community platform

ecoi.net launches a community platform allowing for the creation of online discussion forums. High quality COI contributes to fair and efficient procedures for international protection. The community platform shall foster discussion, knowledge sharing and networking among organisations and professionals active in the field of COI.

New ACCORD training manual now also available in Japanese

The revised edition of the training manual “Researching Country of Origin Information”, published by ACCORD in 2013, is now available in Japanese. It was translated by the Project of Compilation and Documentation on Refugees and Migrants (CDR), University of Tokyo.

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