The IAGCI was established in March 2009 by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration and succeeded the Advisory Panel on Country Information (APCI). The IAGCI makes recommendations to the Chief Inspector about the country information and guidance produced by the Home Office’s country policy and information team, as well as recommendations of a more general nature.
The IAGCI is chaired by Dr Laura Hammond, School of Oriental and Africa Studies (SOAS).
Membership of the IAGCI is at the invitation of the Chief Inspector and is made up of individuals and organisations operating in the country information or the refugee fields.
Some of the material examined by the IAGCI relates to countries designated or proposed for designation onto the non-suspensive appeals (NSA) list. In such cases, the IAGCI’s work should not be taken to imply any endorsement of the decision or proposal to designate a particular country for NSA, nor of the NSA process itself.
Its independent members are:
- Dr Ceri Oeppen, University of Sussex
- Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, University College London (UCL)
- Dr Mike Collyer, University of Sussex
- Dr Patricia Daley, University of Oxford
Its organisation representatives are:
- Mr Andrew Jordan, First Tier Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber
- Ms Katinka Riddesbos, UNHCR Geneva
- Ms Harriet Short, Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA)
From July 2016, IAGCI minutes form part of the reviews. See the National Archives website for minutes older than July 2016.