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Country of Origin Analysis

Our country experts conduct research for and write specific country analyses on the situation in asylum seekers' countries of origin.

The Swiss Regfugee Council country analyses provide independent information to legal aid offices, lawyers, relief organisations, the authorities and the media.

They consist of situation reports, updates, papers on specific topics, information and research on individual cases.

Independent and networked

The country analysis unit works independently and relies on an extensive network of specially selected contacts in the countries of origin. Our staff also travels to the country to do research on site if need be.

Work priorities are reviewed annually based on developments in asylum policy and statistical trends as well as on information requirements. The following countries have been special focal points of our work in recent years:

  • Africa: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Cameroon, DR Congo, Somalia;
  • Asia: Afghanistan, Sri Lanka;
  • Europe: Georgia, Kosovo, Russian Federation/Chechnya, Turkey; and
  • Middle/Near East: Iraq, Iran, Syria.

Background information

COI standards: The use of country of origin information (COI) in decisions of the asylum instances, article by Rainer Mattern, appeared in German in the 3/10 issue of the magazine Asyl.