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Family reunification

Family migration from non-EU countries forms around one third of overall migration into the European Union. This portion is even higher in some Central European countries (Czech Republic, Slovenia). Although in other Central European countries (Hungary, Slovakia, Poland) the numbers of family migrants are still relatively low, it is expected that family migration will become generally more important in this region in the context of restrictive measures towards labour migration. The policies of family reunification in Central European countries are generally favourable which is attributed mostly to the transposition of the EU standards and little national interest in the topic. Migrants seeking family reunification can expect mainly discretionary procedures and high costs. Some countries (e.g. Czech Republic) apply minimum age limit for spouses and sponsors above the majority age. For more information about the family reunification policies in the CE see the briefing by Thomas Huddleston.

The family reunification is regulated on both the EU and national levels. The family migration of third country nationals is governed by the Family Reunification Directive, whereas the family reunion of EU citizens who reside in other EU country is regulated by the Directive 2004/38/EC. Apart from that there is the family migration of EU nationals who reside in their home country, which is mostly regulated by national legislation. Due to complex legal framework and ongoing European debate, the discussion of experts within this topic will limit itself to the family reunification of third-country nationals in Central European countries.

More specifically, the expert discussion within the topic Family reunification focuses on:
  • the importance of family reunification in the immigration systems
  • the strategy behind the countries family reunification policy
  • the strengths and weaknesses of the family reunification policy from the migrants point of view

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Migration Manifesto Non-governmental Organisations Working with Migrants in the Czech Republic 2015

Migration Manifesto Non-governmental Organisations Working with Migrants in the Czech Republic 2015

19. 10. 15
In this document (the “Manifesto”), we, as member organisations of the Consortium of Non-Governmental Organisations Working with Migrants in the Czech Republic, outline our experiences and opinions on migration and integration, and the policy related to migration and integration. They are based on our practical involvement in this sector for many years. This document is especially intended fo...
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Family reunification rules in the European Union and Hungary

12. 2. 14
by Dr Ágnes Töttős ‘Family reunification is a necessary way of making family life possible. It helps to create sociocultural stability facilitating the integration (…) in the Member State, which also serves to promote economic and social cohesion, a fundamental Community objective stated in the Treaty.’ The provisions of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union touch upon th...
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Finally together! The Right to Family Reunification in Slovenia

16. 8. 13 Aldo Milohnić
In the second part of the project Migration to the Centre we were concerned with the possibilities of migrants and refugees to consume the right to family reunification in Slovenia. Two experts on migration presented the most recent statistical data, analyzed the legislative framework, and described the experiences gained from their field work. These experts’ assessments were upgraded by personal ...
Family reunification Slovenia

Family Reunification in the Czech Republic – Delays When Coming, Little Rights When Here

The present article summarizes the debate about family reunification of foreign nationals in the Czech Republic initiated as part of the project Migration to the Centre. Its general conclusion is that the family reunion procedure is marked with delays and bureaucracy, while the state does little for foreign family members in terms of integration and social rights.
Family reunification Czech Republic

Slovakia: Family Reunification

The second phase of Migration to the centre project focused on the important topic of family reunification. During the implementation, we combined different contributions with the aim to tackle wide range of issues related to reunification of families, such as definition of family, balance between individual and public interest, daily life and integration. The public discussion took place on the s...
Family reunification Slovakia

Bureaucracy versus Love

12. 8. 13 Oksana Belková
Marriage is no longer considered to be just a sacred ceremony but also a way how to improve one’s living standard. Changes in societal tendencies have brought not only a large number of divorces but so-called sham marriages are also on the rise. What is the reason?
Family reunification Czech Republic

Public debate: The Right to Family Life vs. Immigration Control

26. 7. 13
The Multicultural Center Prague in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, representation in the Czech Republic, organized the public debate about the current trends in family reunification in the Czech Republic in the context of the European Union. The panelists discussed the implementation and possible amendment of the EU Family Reunification Directive, current practice of family reunific...
Family reunification Czech Republic

Public debate: Migrations and the right to family reunification

27. 6. 13
This video is an edited record of the public debate “Migrations and the right to family reunification” which took place on 17 June 2013 in Ljubljana. This public event was organized by Ljubljana based NGOs Peace Institute and Slovenian Philanthropy in collaboration with the Festival of migrant film. Family reunification is the second most common reason for migrants to come to Slovenia (about a qua...
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Family reunification

24. 6. 13 Karolina Grot
International project "Migration to the Centre" embraced the topic of family reunification as one of the key issues for the integration of foreigners. According to MIPEX III, Poland comparing to other EU countries, has relatively high result in family reunion index . In order to compare this results to practical dimension, immigrants and experts were requested to analyse the situation through the ...
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