This report outlines the current legislative and administrative policies/procedures governing applications for family reunification in Ireland, including applications for family members living overseas and in-country residence applications where family members may have met and formed family life in Ireland. It attempts to explore the impact of the process and application of family reunification on families when living in Ireland. On the basis of in-depth interviews with a range of stakeholders, as well as existing published research, the report also documents the experiences and views of individuals, including both migrants and Irish citizens, who have applied for family reunification. Furthermore, the views of service providers and legal practitioners regarding current legislation and policy/procedures governing family reunification and related-residence permit applications are also encompassed in the report.
The report was compiled by the Immigrant Council of Ireland between April and October 2012.