The Country Information Service of the Finnish Immigration Service produces country of origin information (COI) in particular about the countries from which asylum seekers, quota refugees and other immigrants come to Finland.
The purpose of producing country of origin information is to support decision-making, particularly on applications for international protection. It is also used when investigating residence permit matters and citizenship applications.
Country of origin information is obtained from a variety of sources and includes information on:
- political or social circumstances;
- human rights and security situation;
- everyday matters, such as the accessibility of healthcare services or practices for the issuing of documents.
When needed, the Finnish Immigration Service produces information for national and international authorities, interest groups and organisations.