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International Refugee Law: Sources To Support Safe Harbor Participants & Other Interns: COI

COI Experts

Aggregators of COI

Aggregators of COI:

Search for archived material by Country of Origin and Category (Categories include: Country Information, Legal Information, Policy Documents and Reference Documents.)  

Tip: A country entry marked with a * contains more material.

  • UN Human Rights, Office of the High Commissioner, 

                Human Rights by Country

  • UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs,

ReliefWeb: Countries

ReliefWeb: Updates by Country, Theme & Content Format

Other UN Sources of COI


Health Topics (topic: HIV/AIDS includes HIV/AIDS in WHO regions)

Tip: Search by country name and keywords.  Example: [country name] HIV discrimination  

Tip: "Where We Work" allows researchers to click on specific countries.

Tab: Documents includes Resolutions.  Click a year, like: 2021

Tip: Title of resolution generally indicates which country (or region) is the subject of the resolution. 

Link: Reports of the Secretary-General

Tip: The Secretary-General issues reports about UN peacekeeping/building missions and conflict situations.  Title of report indicates which country (or region/regional body) is the subject of the report. 

Governments that Publish COI


Includes reports of the Danish Immigration Service's fact-finding missions to various countries.   

  • Norway: Norwegian Country of Origin Information Centre, Landinfo

A few reports are available in English. Tab: English > Publications

A document category like "Policy papers and consultations" supports filtering by: World Location. 

Use tab: Policy Issues to drill down to thematic reports.  Also try tab: Countries & Areas.  

NGOs, Institutes, Centers, Commissions & Committees that Publish COI

Supports searching by country and by issue.

  • Amnesty International USA, Tools and Reports
  • Asylum Research Centre, Publications includes country reports and commentary.
  • Asylos: Research for Asylum provides country of origin information research notes (either in English or in French).  There is a country map that links to country-specific research on the home page of its website.
  • Center for Gender & Refugee Studies accepts requests for its country conditions reports, certified expert declarations about countries/issues and practice advisories.  There is link to this Center's request form on the home page of its website.  

Follow links to countries or topics.

  • Insight Crime ("investigation and analysis of organized crime")
  • International Crisis Group, groups Reports & Briefings by region/country and by global issues.

 Also includes CrisisWatch (global conflict tracker), media releases, speeches and interviews.

  • The Washington Office on Latin America: Promoting Human Rights, Democracy & Social Justice, Home Page
  • World Justice Project, > Research and Data includes World Justice Project Rule of Law Index (Index covers 128 countries/jurisdictions. It relies on "national surveys of more than 130,000 households and 4,000 legal practitioners and experts to measure how the rule of law is experienced and perceived worldwide.")

Recent News

Elisa Mason, Forced Migration Current Awareness

Bloomberg Law supports searching of news by country.  Particularly useful for business & financial news.


  • Select Content type: News
    • Can click: International by Region or International by Country 
  • Google-style search from main screen search box: select All Categories > News

Westlaw Edge

  • Under Specialty areas, select: News
    • Type region or country in search box.  Often, Westlaw will suggest a news database.  
      • Possible search: HLD(insert the name of your country) & add a date restrictor 
      • Similar search: Link: Advanced Search allows searching by words in Title or Lead Paragraph. 
    • From News, follow link: International.  At this point, can click on a region or country and search. 

Home Office, UK Border Agency, Country Policy and Information Notes

Tip: These documents generally include key news sources.  Skim the table of contents (and maybe also titles of Annexes). 

BBC News, Country Profiles (& news stories provided by the BBC)

Tip: In a BBC country profile, the "Media" section describes and links to websites of press, television and radio sources for the country. 

NBC News, including Out News



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