Country of origin information
This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.
Knowledge of country conditions is essential to making objective, reasoned and consistent decisions for some types of cases (e.g. refugee, PRRA and H&C applications). It is also important in the context of interventions at the refugee determination hearings of in-Canada claimants.
In almost all cases, country conditions information is essential to properly:
- ask relevant questions during an interview
- evaluate information objectively
- assess credibility.
Decision-makers should regularly consult country condition information as conditions can change.
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