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When submitting an application for recognition as a refugee to the Migration Service of Ukraine, you need to provide evidence in support of your fears for your life and that you are being persecuted in your country of origin. However, we advise you to indicate these evidence in your application as attachments so that they are not lost. In addition, it can be useful if the Migration Service refuses to recognize you as a refugee so in the future you will be able to confirm that you have tried to prove the existence of conventional grounds.

The main evidence in court will be protocol of your interview with the Migration Service. Therefore, you need to make sure that all explanations you provide during the interview are recorded clearly and in detail.

Evidence that you can submit to the Migration Service or to the court:

  • Country of Origin Information (COI);
  • Written evidence (letters from human rights organizations, characteristics, testimonies, etc.);
  • Photographs;
  • Video, audio recordings of rallies, demonstrations, radio recordings;
  • Video reports from journalists, bloggers, etc.;
  • Screenshots of pages from social networks;
  • Testimony of witnesses;
  • Other evidence, which you have.

Country of Origin Information (COI) is a very important part. COI is the information, which covers the situation in the applicant’s country of origin. It must be relevant; reliable, balanced; precise and up-to-date.

What might COI include?

  • Reports of international human rights organizations;
  • Reports of governmental and non-governmental organizations;
  • National legislation of the applicant’s country of origin;
  • Media;
  • Scientific articles.

Where to find information on the Country of Origin?

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