we stand for asylum decisions based on evidence

researching case-specific information

we research vital information to support people fleeing war, violence, persecution and grave threats claim their right to protection.

producing new sources

we map pertinent information gaps and address these by publishing interviews with experienced individuals.

promoting better procedures

we gather data about the use and impact of evidence in asylum courts and advocate for better procedures and fairer decision-making.

access research

our database features 500 country-of-origin information reports which are available for free download.


Author: Sophie Kloos


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latest news

  • Principles for Disability Research Published

    Our newest publication features eight principles for legal representatives, decision-makers and COI researchers working with asylum-seekers with disabilities Read more

  • We’re Hiring

    We are looking for an experienced Programme Manager based in the UK or the Netherlands with a passion for Country of Origin Information (COI) research. Read more

  • Registration is open for COI training webinars

    We opened registration for two more free Country of Origin Information training webinars for legal and asylum representatives. Register for the training webinars and download the training handbook here. Read more

latest stories

  • How Interviews Can Help Fill Information Gaps

    We are often confronted with lawyers submitting research questions which might not be easily answered solely through conducting open source research. We share our recommendations on when and how to conduct interviews. Read more

  • Four tips for efficient child-specific COI research

    Ascertaining a potential risk on return may be especially challenging in cases involving children and young adults. We share our top tips on researching child-specific Country of Origin Information to help you strengthen your young clients’ claims. Read more

  • Atheist asylee: Aynoor's story

    When Aynoor's French residence permit expired and it was time for her to return to Pakistan, Aynoor secretly applied for asylum in France as she feared religious persecution due to her atheist beliefs. Read more