On 16-17 October 2017, EASO organised a Practical Cooperation Conference on Pakistan in Rome, following a similar meeting held on Nigeria in June. Pakistan is the fifth largest country of origin of applicants for international protection in Europe.
The expression “Country of Origin Information”, or COI, indicates all the information that can be assembled on countries from which migrants originate. Because this knowledge is very relevant for decision-makers, the quality and accuracy of COI can be decisive while analysing asylum and international protection requests.
This is why EASO always focuses greatly on this element of its activities, constantly working with national COI Specialists to gather detailed and impartial material, drafting reliable reports and factsheets or organising country-specific practical cooperation workshops.
Organised in the framework of measure ITA 5 “Professional development activities and study visits” of the Operating Plan for Italy 2017, the Conference was opened by Sandra Sarti, the President of the Italian National Asylum Commission, who thanked EASO for its support to the Italian authorities and highlighted how this kind of initiative can ease the daily activities of the Italian authorities.
The 120 participants - selected from amongst judges of the National and Territorial Commissions, decision makers, officers of the Ministry of Interior and different European services of Immigration - attended not only the plenary sessions, but also several working groups. These latter sessions aimed at the exchange of practices and challenges and also included question and answer sessions with experts from the UNHCR, IOM, University of London, International Crisis Group and Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies.
The political and socio-economic situation in Pakistan has been analysed and detailed in the EASO country factsheet published in August 2017. It is available on the EASO website at: https://www.easo.europa.eu/information-analysis/country-origin-information/country-reports.