A representative (previously called a 'guardian') is an adult who acts in the parents’ stead and looks after the unaccompanied minor asylum seeker’s rights in Norway, both legally and financially.
Representatives are not responsible for the daily care of the child or for providing for the child financially. The asylum reception centre or the care centre have this responsibility.
The representative must ensure that
The representative is given remuneration. Expenses that are necessary to do their assignment will be reimbursed.
A representative must be an adult and competent to take care of the child’s interests in the best possible way. In order to become a representative, the person must therefore have good knowledge of the Norwegian society and the Norwegian language, and be able to navigate public services.
Spouses or cohabitants of an unaccompanied minor asylum seeker cannot be their representative.
It is the County Governor (external website, opens in new window) in the county where the child is living that decides who will be the child’s representative. The County Governor provides necessary training and makes sure that the representative performs the assignment in a satisfactory manner.
If the child lives in a transit reception centre it is the County Governor in Oslo and Akershus that decides who will be the child’s representative, regardless of where the child is living.