The Independent Advisory Group on Country Information (IAGCI)

The IAGCI works on behalf of the Chief Inspector by commissioning and quality assuring reviews of the Home Office's country policy and information notes.


Section 48 (2) (j) of the UK Borders Act 2007 states that the Chief Inspector shall consider and make recommendations about ‘the content of information and conditions in countries outside the United Kingdom which the Secretary of State compiles and makes available, for purposes connected with immigration and asylum, to immigration and other officials.’

The IAGCI was established in 2009 to succeed the Advisory Panel on Country Information. IAGCI advises the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) about the content and quality of country information and guidance notes produced by the Home Office and relied upon by decision makers.

IAGCI commissions and quality assures reviews from independent reviewers, typically academics with relevant knowledge and expertise, of selected country information. The work is funded by ICIBI. Following an IAGCI review, the ICIBI sends a report to the Home Secretary with his recommendations.


Membership of the IAGCI is by invitation of the ICIBI and is voluntary and unpaid. Members are respected academics and representatives of organisations with a working interest in country information and how it is used by the Home Office. The group meets up to three times a year although additional meetings can be scheduled at the request of the Chief Inspector.

  • Dr Mike Collyer (Chair) – University of Sussex
  • Dr Ceri Oeppen – University of Sussex
  • Professor Giorgia Dona – University of East London (UEL)
  • Dr Nando Sigona – University of Birmingham
  • Dr Julie Vullnetari – University of Southampton
  • Sue Pitt – Upper Tribunal Judge
  • Katinka Ridderbos – UNHCR Geneva
  • Harriet Short – Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA)

Contact details

Independent Advisory Group on Country Information (IAGCI),
Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration,
5th Floor, Globe House,
89 Eccleston Square,
London, SW1V 1PN



The minutes of IAGCI meetings are included in the Chief Inspector’s reports, prior to July 2016 they were published separately and can be viewed on the National Archives website.

Invitations to tender

COI Inspections

The Chief Inspector has also conducted a standard inspection of the Home Office’s Production and use of Country of Origin Information.

Published 9 August 2017