Responses to Information Requests (RIRs) are research reports on country conditions. They are requested by IRB decision-makers.
The database contains a seven-year archive of English and French
RIRs may be found on the
European Country of Origin Information Network website.
Please note that some
RIRs have attachments which are not electronically accessible here. To obtain a copy of an attachment,
please e-mail us.
Responses to Information Requests (RIRs) cite publicly accessible information available at the time of publication and within time constraints. A list of references and additional sources consulted are included in each
RIR. Sources cited are considered the most current information available as of the date of the
RIRs are not, and do not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim for refugee protection. Rather, they are intended to support the refugee determination process. More information on the methodology used by the Research Directorate can be found
The assessment and weight to be given to the information in the
RIRs are the responsibility of independent IRB members (decision-makers) after considering the evidence and arguments presented by the parties.
The information presented in
RIRs solely reflects the views and perspectives of the sources cited and does not necessarily reflect the position of the IRB or the Government of Canada.