Are you a child? Been invited to a board hearing?
Here you can see what happens when we talk to a child in a board hearing.
Not able to watch the video?Here you can see the pictures and read the text.
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.
Read more at une.no
If you have been summoned to come and talk to us in a board hearing, it is because we want to know more about you. It is up to you to decide whether you want to talk to us – it is completely voluntary. You can be accompanied by an adult you trust.
You have the right to express your thoughts and opinions in a case concerning yourself or your family. This does not mean that you can decide the outcome, but we must take into account what is best for you before we make a decision in the case.
You need to know what the case is about. Ask your parents. We cannot tell you about the case if it concerns one of your parents, and not you.
Watch the film you find above before you attend the meeing with us. Try to think about whether there is something important you need to tell us. You decide what you want to say, no one else.
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 decide who gets to stay in Norway. You and the board chair can talk in a separate room, or you can be in a room with your lawyer and other adults present. We agree on how we will do it in advance. If you do not speak Norwegian, an interpreter will help you.
If you are talking to the board chair in a seperate room, the 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 have to tell the board chair if you want to talk about something you do not want your parents or your lawyer to know about.
We would like to hear your opinion, in order for us to find out what will be best for you. You may be asked different things about yourself and your childhood. If you can not or do not 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. 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.
When the meeting is finished, the board members will make a decision in the case. Sometimes we will need to make further enquiries, to make sure we have understood what you have told us correctly.
We will send the decision to your parents, usually via a lawyer.