07 February 2018

News: UK Country of Origin Information Research

New report:

The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration in the UK has issued a report on country of origin information. Specifically, the inspection "examined the efficiency and effectiveness of the Home Office functions that produce and use COI, specifically how COI products are commissioned, developed and disseminated, and how they are used within the asylum process." Seven recommendations were made. Follow this link for the report and the Home Office's response. See also a related Free Movement blog post.


The Independent Advisory Group on Country Information (IAGCI) is inviting tenders to evaluate UK Home Office country of origin information products issued for three different countries:

Tender 1: Democratic Republic of Congo 

Country policy and information note: women fearing gender-based harm or violence, Democratic Republic of Congo, June 2017

Country policy and information note: opposition to the government, Democratic Republic of the Congo, November 2016

Tender 2: Iran

Country information and information note: Background information, including actors of protection and internal relocation, Iran, December 2017

Tender 3: Turkey

Country policy and information note: Kurdish political parties, Turkey, August 2017

Country policy and information note: Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Turkey, August 2017

For each tender, the expert is also asked to consider a selection of approximately 10 Information Request Responses (each is an average of 2 pages long).

Submit expressions of interest by 20 February 2018.

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