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Advance notice: Migrant family reunification policy and practice conference

Date:

Monday, 27 November 2017

Venue:

No. 6 Kildare Street, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Dublin 2

Conference Abstract

Family migration has been the main channel of migration to the OECD area in recent years, representing about 40 per cent of permanent migration inflow. It is diverse in character but often closely linked to labour migration (OECD, 2017).[1] In the context of managed migration systems family reunification promotes the integration of migrants already in the host country. It can help to create socio-cultural stability, facilitating integration and promoting economic and social cohesion.[2] Family reunification is also fundamental to the integration of refugees and to ensuring the protection and wellbeing of the individual family members (UNHCR, 2001). At this time of record levels of forcible displacement,[3] family reunification can be an important route to safety.

This full day conference will provide an opportunity to exchange information on family reunification schemes, in Ireland and abroad. Speakers from OECD, UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration will provide international context. Drawing on the findings of a recently published European Migration Network study[4] the family reunification policy frameworks operational elsewhere in the EU will be discussed and compared. Insights on the family reunification system operational in Ireland will be provided by the responsible authorities as well as I/NGOs working in the field.

Presentations are confirmed from:

    Minister of State, Department of Justice and Equality, David Stanton TD 
    Jean-Christophe Dumont, Head of the International Migration Division/Jonathan Chaloff, Senior Administrator, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD
    Brian Merriman, Principal Officer for International Protection Policy, Department of Justice and Equality, Ireland
    Fiona Hurley, Legal Services Manager, NASC: The Irish Immigrant Support Centre
    Samantha Arnold, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, EMN Ireland
    Immigration and Naturalisation Service, Ministry of Security and Justice, Netherlands
    UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency
    International Organization for Migration 
  • Minister of State, Department of Justice and Equality, David Stanton TD
  • Jean-Christophe Dumont, Head of the International Migration Division/Jonathan Chaloff, Senior Administrator, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD
  • Brian Merriman, Principal Officer for International Protection Policy, Department of Justice and Equality, Ireland
  • Fiona Hurley, Legal Services Manager, NASC: The Irish Immigrant Support Centre
  • Samantha Arnold, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, EMN Ireland
  • Immigration and Naturalisation Service, Ministry of Security and Justice, Netherlands
  • UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency
  • International Organization for Migration 

More information:

The conference programme, including a registration link, will be available on this page shortly.


[1] OECD (2017) International Migration Outlook 2017. Paris: OECD.

[2] As stated in Council Directive 2003/86/EC of 22 September 2003 on the right to family reunification.

[3] http://www.unhcr.org/

[4] Family Reunification of Third-Country Nationals in the EU plus Norway: National Practices

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