Asylum seeking minors in interpreter-mediated interviews: what do theysay and what happens to their responses?
2010 (English)In: Child & Family Social Work, ISSN 1356-7500, E-ISSN 1365-2206, Vol. 15, no 3, 325-334 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study explored how asylum-seeking minors report information when formally interviewed. Twenty-six Russian-speaking minors (M= 16.0 years of age) were individually interviewed by officials assisted by one of eighteen interpreters. A quantitative analysis examined the translated questions asked by the officials, the minors’ responses to them, and the accuracy with which the minors’ responses were rendered. The asylum-seeking minors distinguished themselves as active participants. They appeared eager to disclose relevant information despite being asked many potentially contaminating questions. Most of the children’s responses were accurately rendered but mistranslations can affect the fact–finding process substantially. Both the minors and the officials involved in the asylum-seeking process need to recognise that both the questions asked and the responses given may be influenced by the third parties involved, i.e. the interpreters.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Blackwell Publishing Ltd , 2010. Vol. 15, no 3, 325-334 p.
Asylum hearings, informativeness, information-seeking prompts, accuracy of translation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-52745DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2206.2010.00681.xISI: 000280709600007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-52745DiVA: diva2:285462