ECJ bolsters family reunification rights for young refugees

ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU

Afghan refugees stage a protest in the former airport of Athens which is used as a refugee camp, in Athens on 6 February 2017. The refugees blocked the entrance of the camp, preventing Migration Minister Yannis Mouzalas and NGOs workers to enter, protesting against the bad conditions of the camp.

ECJ bolsters family reunification rights for young refugees


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The European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday that children of refugees have a right to family reunifications even they turn 18 during the application process, DW reports.

Still, the refugees must have applied no later than three months after their family application was accepted. In this case, their children will be regarded as “minors,” even if their children are older than 18-years old.

The ECJ ruling will have a major effect in host countries that are restrictively implementing reunification regulations, including Germany, Austria and Finland.

The ECJ ruling makes clear that reunification for young refugees “is not at the discretion of member states.”

The ruling could impact tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors who have applied for asylum while fueling Eurosceptic discourse.

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