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Comparative Study on Country of Origin Information Systems - Study on COI Systems in Ten European Countries and the Potential for Further Improvement of COI Co-operation

In 2006, the ICMPD was contracted by the Dutch Advisory Committee on Aliens Affairs (ACVZ, an official independent committee embedded in the Aliens Act 2000) to carry out a comparative study on Country of Origin Information (COI) systems.

Objectives
• To provide a comparative analysis of the setup and functioning of COI systems in 10 European countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom), as they are one of the core competences of any asylum system
• To identify the potentials and obstacles for strengthening European COI co-operation

Outcomes
• Elaboration of a detailed and comprehensive questionnaire addressed to the responsible Heads of COI Units in the ten countries. 
• Organisation of a special workshop on COI co-operation at ICMPD, Vienna, March 2006, attended by the Heads of COI Units or their representatives.

Duration: 2006
Funded by: Dutch Advisory Committee for Alien Affairs (ACVZ)
Contact: Albert Kraler (ICMPD)


Publications

Michael Jandl, Brigitte Suter (2006) Study on Country of Origin Systems in Ten European Countries and the Potential for Further Improvement of COI Co-operation, Vienna: ICMPD
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