A growing number of children apply for asylum in countries where refugee status is determined on an individual basis. Most individual refugee status decisions turn on whether the adjudicator finds the claim to be credible or not. Assessing credibility in a cross-cultural environment is always difficult, all the more so when the asylum applicant is a child. This chapter looks at some of the key factors that need to be taken into account when assessing the credibility of asylum-seeking children, including the child’s age, stage of development, mental health, background and personal characteristics; the quality of available information on the child’s country of origin; the skills and qualifications of the interpreter; and the personal characteristics and state of mind of the adjudicator.
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