Hammarberg: Restrictive immigration laws prevent families from reuniting

“It is becoming more and more difficult for immigrants in Europe to have their family members join them,” begins Thomas Hammarberg, the Commissioner for Human Rights, in a new ‘Comment‘ article published today.

he adds: “Even long-term residents and naturalised citizens are being deprived of this human right as policies in host countries are now becoming more restrictive and selective. Applicants have to fulfil unreasonable requirements which create insurmountable obstacles to them to living with their loved ones.

“The requirements for family reunification can involve an obligation to prove ties to the host country through difficult integration tests. In several countries the applicant is required to demonstrate that he or she has a safe income and can provide decent accommodation. Moreover, only individuals within the biological nuclear family are considered for reunification – irrespective of other close relationships and dependences.”

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Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights 4th Quarterly Activity Report 2010

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