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United Kingdom: Home Office

The Home Office is the lead United Kingdom (UK) government department responsible for policies on immigration, passports, counter-terrorism, policing, drugs and crime. The UK Border Agency (UKBA), an executive agency of the Home Office, is responsible for securing the UK border and controlling migration into the UK. It manages border control, enforcing immigration and customs regulations. It also considers applications for permission to enter or stay in the UK, and for citizenship and asylum. For more information about the UKBA see: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/

Country of Origin Information (COI) Service, part of the UKBA, is a team of specialist researchers who research and collate information on countries giving rise to asylum claims in the UK. COI Service provides accurate, balanced, relevant, impartial and up-to-date information on asylum seekers' countries of origin which is used by UKBA officials at all stages of the asylum determination process. COI Service products do not contain UKBA policy, guidance or opinion. For information about COI Service and access to its products see: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/policyandlaw/guidance/coi/

The UKBA also produces Operational Guidance Notes (OGN). These documents aim to provide clear guidance for UKBA officials on whether the main types of claim are likely to justify the grant of asylum, humanitarian protection or discretionary leave. Country policy bulletins are also occasionally issued on an ad hoc basis and aim to provide clear guidance on how to deal with particular country-specific issues arising in asylum and human rights applications. The OGNs are accessible on the UKBA website at: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/policyandlaw/guidance/csap/  Website: www.homeoffice.gov.uk/
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Country Information and Guidance - India: Sexual orientation and gender identity

18 July 2014 | Publisher: United Kingdom: Home Office | Document type: Country Reports

Country Information and Guidance - Pakistan: Fear of the Taliban and other militant groups

16 July 2014 | Publisher: United Kingdom: Home Office | Document type: Country Reports

Country Information and Guidance - Egypt: Christians

14 July 2014 | Publisher: United Kingdom: Home Office | Document type: Country Reports

Country Information and Guidance: Libya: Actual or perceived Gaddafi clan members/loyalists

9 July 2014 | Publisher: United Kingdom: Home Office | Document type: Country Reports

Country Information and Guidance - China: Christians

13 June 2014 | Publisher: United Kingdom: Home Office | Document type: Country/Situation Specific Position Papers

Country Information and Guidance - Albania: Blood feuds

June 2014 | Publisher: United Kingdom: Home Office | Document type: Country Reports

Country of Origin Information Report - Occupied Palestinian Territory

15 May 2014 | Publisher: United Kingdom: Home Office | Document type: Country Reports

Operational Guidance Note: India

May 2014 | Publisher: United Kingdom: Home Office | Document type: Country/Situation Specific Position Papers

Iraq Bulletin - Collation of IGC Member States' Responses on Returns to Iraq

16 April 2014 | Publisher: United Kingdom: Home Office | Document type: Country Reports

Country information and guidance - Uganda: Claims based on sexual orientation

10 April 2014 | Publisher: United Kingdom: Home Office | Document type: Country/Situation Specific Position Papers

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