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Family Reunification: A barrier or a facilitator of integration?

The AIRE Centre is excited to have participated in a transnational research programme to assess the impact of family migration legislation and policies on the integration of third country (non-EEA) nationals in the European Union. The research, entitled ‘Family Reunification – a Barrier or Facilitator of Integration?’ was funded by the European Commission INTI funding programme. 

With family migration and integration high on the agenda for both EU and national administrations, this project presented an important opportunity to assess the evidence base for and impact of domestic family migration legislation across Member States. Led by the Immigrant Council of Ireland, and involving partners from Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and The United Kingdom, the project encompassed both legal and social research. Over the course of the programme, the AIRE Centre will be conducted focus groups and interviews with policy makers, NGOs and individuals affected by family migration legislation.

The UK National Report was launched at an expert seminar held at Lewis Silkin, Chancery Lane, London on 23 January 2013. Tim Barnden of Wesley Gryk Solicitors who spoke at the launch has kindly made his paper presentation available. It is can be downloaded below along with the UK National Report and a Summary Report of the main findings. The final pan-European comparative report will be published in February 2013 and will be available on this webpage.

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       Tim Barnden 

    Seminar Materials



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