Norway’s Contact Committee for Immigrants and the Authorities (KIM) is an independent advisory committee, appointed by the government to provide advice on any fundamental policy issue pertaining to immigrants and their descendants.
As an advisory body, KIM consults with the public authorities, academic research communities, political parties, interest organisations and other relevant partners.
The committee is appointed by the King in the Council of State, for a period corresponding to the Parliamentary periods. In addition to the leader, the committee consists of 23 members with immigrant background from all the counties in Norway. Committee members are nominated by local immigrant organisations.
From 2010 to 2013 the committee is chaired by Anita Rathore. For the current period, the committee has decided on three main policy areas: equality of public services, social equality and civic participation, and legal rights.
The committee meets a minimum of four times each year. At the first constituting meeting, the committee appoints a five-person working committee responsible for preparing the regular meetings. Also, a deputy chairperson is elected among all committee members. The current deputy chairperson is Yogeswaran Sivapragasam.
Twice during each committee period, KIM hosts a national conference on a relevant topic. In 2011, KIM’s conference focused on digital activism. The theme for KIM’s May 2013 conference is «Belonging».
Additionally, the committee is supported by a secretariat of five persons. The secretariat is located in Oslo.