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The Immigration Clinic at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law has provided these resources to assist the general public in researching United States asylum law. Resources provided include both online materials and print materials available at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law’s Thurgood Marshall Law Library.

This should not be construed as legal advice. If you are seeking representation, please contact a lawyer or the Immigration Clinic.

NOTE: Although a majority of the links provided are accessible to the public free of charge, a few consist of databases designed for the exclusive use of paying subscribers. Access to these databases will require you to submit an online payment.


Getting Started

Consider the following suggestions before beginning your research:

  • Verify research quality – Just as important as finding information is making sure that information is reliable. When looking over your research, consider accuracy, authenticity, objectivity, and the origination date of the information, or the most recent update for such information.
  • Thorough review – Much of the information you may be seeking will require a careful reading of both legal and non-legal resources. Particularly when looking for factual information, a thorough reading of the material is necessary.
  • Save your research – Always remember to download or print useful information. As websites update their databases, important information you may have found one day may be in a different location or scrapped altogether the very next day, forcing you to re-engage in the research process

The following legal databases are helpful:



General Resources on Human Rights and Displacement

General Resources on Human Rights and Human Displacement

  • Refworld - UNHCR resource with helpful materials including, but not limited to, the following:
    • Country reports
    • Country policy documents
    • Country legislation
    • Responses to Information Requests (RIRs) prior to 2003
    • Maps
    • Position papers
    • Case law
      • Research tip: Use the country name of interest to access information. From there you can then “filter” your findings to refine your results

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