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

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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.

Link: Resolutions  Click a year, like: 2020

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

Link: Secretary-General's Reports

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

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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