Asylum Research Centre (ARC), formerly Asylum Research Consultancy, was set up by Liz Williams and Stephanie Huber in 2010.  In 2016 ARC Foundation was incorporated as a charitable incorporated organisation.

Accurate, reliable, relevant, current, objective, traceable and transparent Country of Origin Information (COI) is central to refugee status determination in order to inform decision makers about conditions in the countries of origin of asylum applicants and to assist them in establishing objective criteria as to whether an asylum claim is well founded.

Our aim is to raise standards in the production and use of COI and the refugee status determination process as a whole, to improve the realisation of asylum seekers’ and refugees’ rights and entitlements and to ensure that those in need of protection are recognised as such.

ARC Foundation is a member of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and the European Asylum Support Office’s (EASO) Consultative Forum offering its expertise on COI-related issues, has endorsed Asylum Aid’s Women’s Asylum Charter, and is a SOGICA Project Friend.