Are you a child and are going to a board hearing?
Here you can see what happens when we talk to a child in a board hearing.
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Welcome to the Norwegian Immigration Appeals Board – or UNE as we call it.
Sometimes, we ask if a child would like to come and talk to us. This is in order for us to get to know more about you and your family. Whether you choose to attend, is up to you.
You can choose to be accompanied by an adult that you trust – such as a guardian or a lawyer.
At UNE, you will talk with a Board leader. This person is almost like a judge, and is responsible for yours and/or your family's case.
We have a special meeting room for younger children.
If you do not understand Norwegian, a translator will be there to help you.
Four adults, three from UNE and your guardian or lawyer, will follow your conversation via a TV-screen in the room next door. They will see and hear what you and the board leader are talking about.
The board leader will ask questions about you and your childhood. He or she is used to talking with children about all matters – including those that may be difficult to talk about.
It is perfectly fine if you do not want to answer a question, or if you don't know the answer. However, remember that what you say has to be true.
Everyone at UNE is bound by confidentiality. This means that we cannot tell anyone what you have told us.
You have the right to speak freely in cases concerning yourself. What you tell us will be very helpful when UNE decides who gets to stay in Norway.
- Every child has the right to be heard in cases involving themselves.
- Sometimes we ask if you would like to talk to us. This talk is not compulsory.
- It is perfectly fine if you do not want to talk about a certain topic.
- Everything you tell us has to be true.
- We are not allowed to tell anyone what you tell us.
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If you have been summoned to come talk to us in a board hearing, it is because we want to know more about you. It is up to you do decide whether you want to talk to us – it is completely voluntary. You can bring an adult you trust with you.
At UNE, you get to talk to a board chair. The board chair is responsible for your case and is one of the people who decides who gets to stay in Norway. You and the board chair can talk in a separate room. If you do not speak Norwegian, an interpreter will help you.
While you are talking to the board chair, some other adults will be sitting in the next room. They will listen to what you are saying to each other. If you bring a lawyer or guardian with you, he or she will also be in the next room.
You may be asked different things about yourself and your childhood. If you can’t or don’t wish to answer the questions, that is perfectly fine. But what you do tell must be the truth. You have the right to state your opinion about a case that concerns you. That does not mean that you get to decide, but that we have to take your best interests into consideration when we make a decision in the case.
Everyone who is listening to what you have to say is bound by a duty of confidentiality. That means that they are not allowed to tell anyone what you said. You have to tell the board chair if you want to talk about something you don’t want your parents to know about. We will not use what you tell us to check whether your parents are telling the truth. When we talk to you, we are only trying to find out more about your situation and what will be best for you.