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Country of origin information service

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The Country of Origin Information Service (COI Service) provides accurate, objective, up-to-date, sourced information on asylum seekers' countries of origin. This information mainly focuses on human rights issues.

The information is for UK Border Agency officials involved in the asylum determination process.

Specialist country officers in the COI Service research, compile and produce country of origin information (COI). They monitor the position in their countries daily and have access to all the most up-to-date COI sources.

All COI products focus on human rights issues and matters frequently raised in asylum and human rights claims. We compile them from reliable material produced by external information sources such as:

  • the US State Department
  • the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • human rights organisations
  • news media

The public can access all COI products. They are based on published or unclassified source material. Hyperlinks are provided within the COI products to most of the original source documents referred to. COI Service products do not contain any UKBA opinion or policy.


COI products

The COI Service currently publishes:

COI Reports: These are detailed compilations of pertinent material produced by a wide range of external information sources. Each report focuses on the main asylum and human rights issues in the country, but also provides background information on geography, economy and history. COI Reports are regularly produced on the 20 countries which generate the most asylum applications in the UK, based on the previous year’s statistics. Until recently the reports were published twice yearly in April and October, but since October 2006 most COI reports have been updated more frequently. The current reports also contain news pages, providing the most up-to-date information at the time of publication.

COI Key Documents: For countries that generate fewer asylum applications, we provide ‘COI Key Documents’. This brings together all the main source documents that would be provided with a COI Report, but with a brief country profile and index rather than an actual report. COI Key Documents are generally updated annually.

COI Bulletins: We issue Bulletins on an ad hoc basis, usually on countries outside the top 20, when it is necessary to provide information at short notice in response to emerging events or in relation to a country for which a COI Report is not produced.


COI Fact-Finding Mission Reports: These mainly contain information obtained from interviews conducted with organisations and individuals in asylum seeker’s countries of origin.


Feedback

We are always keen to improve our service and welcome any suggestions that may help us to do so. If you have any comments on any COI Service products please send them to this email address: COIS@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

COI material produced by UKBA is reviewed by the independent Advisory Group on Country Information (IAGCI). Information about the IAGCI can be found on the Chief Inspector's website at: http://icinspector.independent.gov.uk/country-information-reviews/


Countries: A B C E G I J K L M N P R S T U V Y Z

Afghanistan

COI report (November 2010)
Archive publications

Africa
Female genital mutilation (June 2008)

Albania
COI key documents (November
2009)
Archive publications

Algeria

COI report (March 2010)
Archive publications

Angola

COI report (September 2010)
Archive publications

Azerbaijan
COI key documents (October 2008)
Archive publication

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Bahrain
COI key documents (March 2008)

Bangladesh

COI report (August 2010)
COI bulletin (January 2009)
Archive publications

Belarus
COI key documents (October 2008)

Benin
COI key documents (January 2007)

Bhutan
COI report (August 2010)

Bolivia
COI key documents (November 2009)
Archive publication

Bosnia
COI key documents (January 2009)
Archive publication

Brazil
COI key documents (January 2009)

Burma
COI report (July 2010)
Archive publications

Burundi
COI key documents (December 2009)
Archive publication

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Cameroon
COI report (January 2008)
COI key documents (March 2009)
Archive publications

Chechnya
(part of Russian Federation)
COI bulletin (December 2005)
Archive publication

China, People’s Republic of
COI report (November 2010)
Archive reports

Colombia
COI key documents (July 2008)
Archive publication

Congo, Democratic Republic of

COI report (June 2009)
Archive reports

Congo, Republic of
COI key documents (April 2007)

Cuba
COI key documents (October 2008)
Archive publication

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Ecuador
COI key documents (May 2009)
Archive publication

Egypt
COI key documents (July 2009)
Archive publication

Eritrea
COI report (June 2010)
Archive publications

Ethiopia

COI key documents (August 2009)
Archive publications

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Gambia
COI report (July 2010)
Archive publication

Georgia
COI report (November 2010)
Archive publication

Ghana

COI report (September 2010)
Archive publications

Guinea
COI key documents (February 2009)
Archive publications

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India
COI report (September 2010)
Archive publications

Indian Ocean
Archive publication

Indonesia
COI key documents (January 2007)

Iran
COI report (August 2010)
Archive publications

Iraq
COI report (December 2009)
COI report Kurdistan Regional Government Area of Iraq (September 2009)
Archive publications

Ivory Coast

COI key documents (November 2007)
Archive publications

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Jamaica
COI report (December 2009)
Archive publications

Kenya
COI key documents (April 2008)
Archive publications

Korea, Democratic People's Republic of
COI report (July 2009)
Archive publications

Korea, Republic of (South Korea)
COI key documents (September 2009)
Archive publication

Kosovo

COI key documents (October 2009)
Archive publications

Kuwait
COI report (January 2010)
Archive publications

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Lebanon
COI key documents (April 2008)
Archive publications

Liberia
COI key documents (March 2010)
Archive publication

Libya
COI key documents (April 2008)
Archive publication

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Macedonia
COI key documents (January 2009)

Malawi
COI report (November 2010)
Archive publication

Malaysia
COI key documents (December 2009)
Archive publication

Mali
COI key documents (April 2008)
Archive publication

Mauritius
COI key documents (April 2009)

Moldova

COI key documents (September 2008)
Archive publications

Mongolia

COI key documents (February 2010)
Archive publications

Morocco
COI report (November 2010)

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Nepal
COI key documents (May 2008)
Archive publication

Nigeria
COI report (July 2010)

Archive publications

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Pakistan
COI report (January 2011)
Archive publications

Occupied Palestinian Territories
COI report (December 2010)
Archive publication

Peru
COI key documents (October 2008)
Archive publication

Russia
COI report (November 2010)
Archive publications

Rwanda
COI key documents (November 2008)

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Senegal
COI report (October 2010)

Serbia

COI key documents (March 2010)
Archive publication

Sierra Leone
COI report (November 2010)
Archive publications

Somalia
COI report (May 2010)
COI fact finding mission (October 2010)
Archive publications

South Africa
COI report (July 2010)
Archive publications

Sri Lanka
COI report (November 2010)
Report of the FCO information gathering visit to Colombo August 2009

Archive publications

Sudan
COI report (April 2010)
Archive publications

Syria
COI report (September 2010)
Archive publications

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Tanzania
COI report (September 2010)

Togo
COI key documents (February 2008)
Archive publication

Turkey
COI report (August 2010)
Archive publications

Uganda

COI key documents (February 2009)
Archive publications

Ukraine
COI key documents (October 2008)
Archive publications

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Vietnam

COI report (May 2010)

Archive publication

Yemen
COI key documents (April 2007)

Zimbabwe
Report of fact finding mission (October 2010)
COI report (September 2010)
Archive publications

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