Research Program


The Research Program exists to meet the information requirements of those involved in Canada's refugee protection determination process by providing and making publicly available, current, and reliable information related to human rights and to refugee and migration issues, through documentation that supports fair refugee determination.

The primary role of the Research Program is to meet the information needs of the Refugee Protection Division, although its collection of information and the services it offers may also assist other branches and divisions of the Board, as well as other Government of Canada and non-governmental organisations such as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.


The Research Program attempts to provide a thorough and objective analysis of a broad range of topics relating to the social, political, economic and human rights conditions in countries of origin of refugee claimants. Information is gathered from a variety of sources, including national and international governmental and non-governmental organizations, human rights monitors, academics, publications and news services. More on Research Methodology

The following online products contain a selection of the Research Program's collection of information on countries of origin:

National Documentation Packages
Contain a selection of documents on human rights, security conditions and other issues that are relevant to the determination of refugee protection claims.

Responses to Information Requests
Responses to focused queries or requests for information that are submitted to the Research Directorate in the course of the refugee protection determination process.