Minority Rights Group International (MRG) has been publishing materials on issues concerning the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples for over 40 years. Currently, our work spans reports and briefings, as well as our online Directory (http://minorityrights.org/directory/).

The purpose of this questionnaire is to gauge interest among representatives of asylum seekers in receiving brief, written information from MRG, upon request, tailored to the particular circumstances of minority or indigenous asylum seekers’ cases. The goal of this service, which will be available though an online platform, is to provide representatives of asylum seekers with country of origin information that is focused on minorities and indigenous peoples and the main causes of their flight. To help us create and tailor this service, your responses and feedback are greatly appreciated.

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* 1. When working on a specific asylum claim, where do you look for country of origin information?

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* 2. What type of country of origin evidence do you use to support an asylum claim?

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* 3. Are you aware of MRG’s reports and online Directory? Do you currently use these resources?

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* 4. Do you find them useful? If not, could you please explain why?

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* 5. Do you think there are gaps in currently available country of origin information for minority or indigenous asylum seekers?

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* 6. Please list the top 5 countries on which you most often have need for country of origin information in relation to minority or indigenous asylum seekers.

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* 7. In the past, have you paid separate fees to obtain expert information on a particular claim? If you wish, please indicate the nature of the expert information (format, length, etc.) and the approximate amount paid.

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* 8. Would you be willing to pay a fee for tailored information in support of an asylum claim? If so, please indicate, by marking in the table below, how much you would be willing to pay (price per claim, GBP) and on what basis/frequency.

  70 120 200 400
On a regular basis
Frequently, but not on a regular basis
Occasionally
Only under exceptional circumstances
Never

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* 9. Please also give us an idea of the sort of information you would be in need of and willing to pay for.

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* 10. All information you receive from MRG will be in English and you will be responsible for translation, if necessary. Does this affect the likelihood that you will use the service, or the price you would be willing to pay for the service? Please explain.

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* 11. How long after submitting your request would you expect to receive the information?

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* 12. Do you have any other comments?

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* 13. MRG may wish to speak to a small sample of respondents to discuss their feedback in more detail. If you would be willing to be contacted by us to discuss this, please provide a phone number and/or an email address. Thank you.

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