A person of any age may qualify for refugee status under the Refugee Convention1 and the standard criteria2 apply to all cases; however, account must be taken of the applicant's maturity and in assessing the claim of a child more weight should be given to objective indications of risk than to the child's state of mind and understanding of his situation3. Any child over the age of 12 who has claimed asylum in his own right must be interviewed about the substance of his claim unless he is unfit or unable to be interviewed4. An asylum application made on
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