Through consultations with legal representatives in the UK, ARC Foundation and Asylos have become aware of the absence of relevant Country of Origin Information (COI) about persons with disabilities and the simultaneous prevalence of widespread misconceptions about disability issues in the international protection legal sector. This contributes to the rejection of meritorious claims of persons with disabilities.

Throughout the past year, we have embarked on a joint project to address information gaps about persons with disabilities who are seeking international protection. 

We are pleased to share eight research principles in our newest publication. It is our hope that they will encourage COI researchers, legal representatives and decision-makers alike to take a more holistic and informed approach to international protection claims involving persons with disabilities, which will in turn lead to an improvement in the availability of good quality COI research and well-founded decisions.

Principles for Conducting Country of Origin Information
Research on Disability
7 December 2021

This guidance document builds on our work around the situation of children and young people with disabilities in Nigeria, previously published on our website. We are continuing to develop this project and will soon be announcing a series of free disability-specific COI training webinars on our website.