IRB - Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
http://www.irb-cisr.gc.ca/Eng/Pages/index.aspx
Source description last updated: 15 May 2014
Note: The information given in this source description mainly focuses on the work of the IRB’s Research Directorate/Program.
In brief:
The Research Program of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) provides country of origin information from public sources in asylum procedures of Canadian immigration authorities.
Coverage on ecoi.net:
Query responses and reports of the IRB’s Research Program.
Covered weekly on ecoi.net, for countries of priorities A-C.
Mission / Mandate:
“The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada is an independent tribunal established by the Parliament of Canada. Our mission, on behalf of Canadians, is to resolve immigration and refugee cases efficiently, fairly and in accordance with the law.” (IRB: About the Board, 31 July 2013)
“The primary role of the Research Program is to meet the information needs of the Refugee Protection Division, although its collection of information and the services it offers may also assist other branches and divisions of the Board, as well as other Government of Canada and non-governmental organisations such as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.” (IRB: Research Program, 19 July 2013)
Funding:
“The IRB is financed by the Government of Canada through parliamentary authorities.” (IRB: Future-Oriented Statements of Operations - Years ending March 31, 2014 and 2015, 10 March 2014)
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: Most countries of origin of asylum seekers.
Thematic focus: The focus of IRB’s research lies on the human rights situation, security situation, as well as social, economic and humanitarian conditions in countries of origin of asylum seekers.
Methodology:
“All information used in the Research Directorate's documents is carefully selected from publicly available sources and full publication details of supporting documentation are provided. Multiple sourcing is used to ensure that the information is accurate, balanced and corroborated, and that the most comprehensive picture possible is given of conditions in the countries of origin of refugee claimants within time and resource constraints. Information is compared, contrasted and corroborated, whenever possible, to provide decision makers with a spectrum of views and opinions drawn from current, reliable sources.” (IRB: Research Methodology, 8 January 2014)
 
National Documentation Packages: “National Documentation Packages (NDPs) contain a selection of documents on issues that are relevant to the determination of refugee protection claims. They are regularly reviewed and updated according to the information needs of the Refugee Protection Division (RPD). [...]
National Documentation Packages are prepared by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada on the basis of publicly available information, analyses and comments. All sources are fully cited to facilitate location of the source documents.” (IRB: National Documentation Packages, 2 May 2014)
Languages of Publications:
English, French
 
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