The Right of the Child to Family Reunification.
Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe Advocacy Brief.
Published: May 2016
This advocacy brief explains UNICEF’s position that the Family Reunification Directive that applies to the majority of EU Member States should be revised to: expand family reunification rights for person under subsidiary protection, ensure families separated due to conflict and disaster are reunited in line with the child’s best interests, encourage a flexible use of existing family reunification mechanisms to respond to humanitarian situations, broaden the definition of family for all children, and ease existing conditions and procedures so that children are not kept apart from their family. In addition, UNICEF calls upon countries to give priority to applications for family reunification involving children, apply accelerated procedures in cases involving children, allocate further resources to adequately respond to and process family reunification requests, and invest in guidance and training on child rights for officials who consider family reunification applications. Background information is provided on the Convention on the Rights of the Child and for each of the recommendations. Procedures that should be used for family reunification are also described. 20 references.
childrens rights; child advocacy; family reunification; proposed legislation; policy formation; best interests of the child; Europe; Hague Convention