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Right to Family Reunification: No family should be discriminated!


5 March 2012, Brussels – On 1st March 2012, COFACE, the Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union, responded to the Green Paper on the right to family reunification of third country nationals living in the European Union (Directive 2003/86/EC), highlighting the family dimension and the family perspective, bringing first hand information from its member organisations and recalling key principles for the effective implementation of the right to family reunification.

In its response, COFACE stresses that the right to family life is recognised in International and European Human Rights Instruments and therefore, families should be supported and facilitated in the fulfilment of such a right, with no discrimination of individuals or of family forms.

COFACE stands for the right to family reunification and therefore rejects mandatory pre-entry measures that could prevent or discriminate some families from reunification (low income, low educated, disadvantaged groups…).

“It is unacceptable that families are denied reunification and therefore a fulfilling family life, because they are poor or have a low income. This also denies for themselves and their children the possibility of escaping poverty, notwithstanding their efforts to do so”.

COFACE calls for a harmonisation of standards in all EU Member States, including those who opted-out, and their real and effective implementation, as a fundamental step to a growth and inclusive society.

Family reunification is a vector of social cohesion and integration, therefore, no family should be discriminated and prevented from such right.


For further information, please contact:
Ana Pérez, Communication Manager  +32 2 500 56 93

Note to the editor
COFACE is a network of civil society associations representing the interests of all families. COFACE’s areas of work include social/family policy, education, disability, gender equality, migration, consumer issues, and also protection of children online, privacy, data protection and reflections on technological developments and how they may impact families. More:

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