Journal Article

Do the Facts Speak for Themselves? Country of Origin Information in French and British Refugee Status Determination Procedures

Robert Gibb and Anthony Good

in International Journal of Refugee Law

Volume 25, issue 2, pages 291-322
Published in print June 2013 | ISSN: 0953-8186
Published online August 2013 | e-ISSN: 1464-3715 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ijrl/eet015
Do the Facts Speak for Themselves? Country of Origin Information in French and British Refugee Status Determination Procedures

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This article examines the place of Country of Origin Information (COI) in the British and French refugee status determination processes. It demonstrates that COI is crucial throughout those processes in both countries, and that there are important differences as well as similarities in the way it is treated. Following an overview of the refugee status determination process in each country, the article discusses different sources of COI and compares the uses of such information in both administrative and judicial procedures. It then compares the evaluation of COI in the UK and France, the role of COI in decision making, and the measures taken in both countries to try to improve the consistency of that decision making. More direct comparisons between the two national systems are then drawn with respect to their contrasting attitudes towards the Common EU Guidelines for Processing Country of Origin Information, and the different styles of field visit report generated by their official COI-producing organizations.

Journal Article.  15461 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration ; Refugee Studies

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