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An analysis of question style and type in official Finnish asylum interview transcripts

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Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling

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["\nAbstract\nInterviews with asylum seekers are an important part of investigating the applicant's need of international protection. Few studies have examined if the questions used in interviews allow detailed and accurate narratives. In the current study, we analysed question style, question type, and question order from interviews of 80 official asylum cases realised by Finnish state authorities in 2017–2018. In accordance with best practise, questions were predominantly asked in an information‐gathering style. However, four‐fifths of the questions were closed questions, and one‐tenth were open questions. The recommended question order was followed to a small degree. Possibilities on how to improve the quantity and the accuracy of the information elicited from the interviews are discussed. Future research should assess which type of questions that are most efficient in eliciting relevant information within the asylum context as well as investigating the accuracy of the interpretation.\n", "Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, Volume 17, Issue 3, Page 333-348, October 2020. "]