Country of Origin Information


The following are some of the common sources of country of origin information ("COI") and guidance reports which may be used by immigration officials to make decisions on non-refoulement claims under the unified screening mechanism. This is for general reference only and is not meant to be an exhaustive list. Immigration officials will consider other relevant country information, among other things, as individual cases may require.

COI Databases

  1. UNHCR’s Refworld
  2. The European Country of Origin Information Network,

International Organizations

  1. United Nations
  2. UN Organisations
    (i) Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
    (ii) United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Government Organisations

  1. UK Home Office - Country information and guidance
  2. The US Department of State – Reports
  3. Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada - National Documentation Packages

Non-Governmental Organisations

  1. Amnesty International (AI)
  2. Human Rights Watch (HRW)


The above links are provided to facilitate access to the listed websites. The Immigration Department does not guarantee the accuracy of any information contained in those websites and does not accept or assume any liability or responsibility for any use of such information.