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Country of Origin Information (COI) research is used by decision makers and legal advisers to aid in the answering of questions about the political, social, cultural, economic and human rights situations in countries of origin. The Country Research Branch is responsible for the provision of COI to Immigration New Zealand and the Immigration and Protection Tribunal within the Ministry of Justice.

The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of some useful websites for Country of Origin Information (COI) research. This is a selection only. There are many established, reliable and freely accessible online sources which can be useful for meeting COI research needs. 

The guide is broken down into the following sections:

  • Portals
  • NGO sources
  • Research published by international COI units
  • News sources
  • United Nations and other international bodies
  • Maps
  • COI research practice. 
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