About CORI

CORI is an independent centre providing specialist research and training on COI to support refugee status determination (RSD).

CORI works internationally with all parties to RSD including Governments, lnter-governmental bodies, NGO's and Legal Representatives. We provide commissioned reports and knowledge management services and work to raise standards of COI production and application through capacity building and bespoke training.

We provide the following services;

  • Case Specific Research and Court Ready Research Bundles

  • Country and Thematic Research Analysis and Reports

  • International Consultancy and Training

  • Knowledge and Information Management
  • Capacity Building

Recent Consultancy Commissions

Danish Refugee Council/Ukrainian State Committee for Nationality and Religions

CORI was commissioned by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) to set up a COI Unit for the Ukrainian authorities. This forms part of the DRC project Strengthening Asylum and Protection Capacity in Ukraine by Enhancing the Capacity of Governmental and Civil Society Stakeholders in a Participatory Approach and Cross-sector Co-operation’During the four week consultancy CORI developed an infrastructure, operations manual, template forms, referal system, database and provided training to research staff.


CORI is commissioned by UNHCR Protection Directorate to produce COI research reports on thematic issuesThe research analyses are published on UNHCR's Refworld and in CORI's Information Centre.

Austrian Red Cross/Austrian Centre for Country of Origin & Asylum Research and Documentation (ACCORD)

CORI was commisisoned to provide an extensive consultation paper on mainstreaming gender within a web based research database used by legal representatives internationally in preparing asylum and human rights claims.