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Family Reunification of Third-Country Nationals in the EU plus Norway: National Practices: EMN Inform

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This Inform presents a brief overview of the EMN Synthesis study on ‘Family Reunification of Third-Country Nationals in the EU plus Norway: National Practices’.

Key points to note:

  • As one of the main avenues for legal migration to the EU, family reunification accounts for approximately a third of all arrivals of Third-Country Nationals (TCNs).
  • Member States usually extend the scope of family reunification beyond the nuclear family, which consists of core members such as the mother, father and their minor unmarried children.
  • Most Member States require sponsors and / or family members to fulfil certain material requirements in order to exercise the right to family reunification, including accommodation, health insurance and/ or sufficient financial resources.
  • Many Member States do not set a waiting period before a sponsor’s family is eligible to apply for family reunification, but where this provision applies, the waiting period can vary between one, one and a half, two or three years.

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Family Reunification of Third-Country Nationals in the EU plus Norway: EMN Synthesis Report
Author: European Migration Network
Publisher: Directorate General Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission
Date of Publication: 13 April 2017
Geographical focus: Europe

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