The Association of German Family Organisations (AGF) calls on the members of the German Federal government to revise the draft law on the reunification of refugee families and not to agree on the restriction of reunification. According to AGF, instead of juggling with abstract numbers on the back of the families, Germany should help to protect families from crises areas and war zones.
AGF is highly concerned about the current proposals on the reunification possibilities for refugees with subsidiary protection. The draft law will mean another substantial limitation of family reunification for them, only allowing exceptions for humanitarian reasons.
AGF emphasizes that the separation of spouses and families for a long period of time is not acceptable: the German Constitution as well as the European Convention on Human Rights protect family cohabitation as a fundamental part of the family life -also for refugee families.
AGF is worried about the increasing use of the argument that limits of “integration capacities” have already been reached: this argument is misleading, because it is the reunification of the core family that contributes particularly to a successful integration by encouraging people and release them of the permanent fear for the lives of their family members.