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CALS Asylum Case Research Guide

How to research asylum cases and track human rights conditions by country.

Maps

Detailed foreign street maps or rural areas are a challenge to locate online.  So far, Google Maps hasn't been everywhere!

  • World City Map Collection (University of Texas Map Collection) - mostly older maps, but some incredibly detailed from U.S. government imaging agencies. See this 1984 map Nouakchott, Mauritania that even includes street names.
  • Country & Regional Map pages (also University of Texas) - provides links to country specific maps, including ethnic groups, topographical, political, health, and much more.
  • Openstreetmap - a crowdsourced database (built with volunteers) with useful street level maps.  Coverage varies greatly depending on location.  Note that street names are in local language.
  • Refworld - Various U.N. maps (mainly from UNHCR).  Usually no street level info, but good rural maps and refugee camp maps.  Use the Filter search box to limit to a particular country.

Khartoum Map

Map of Khartoum, Sudan from Blofeld on Wikimedia