ESRI Research Series

Family reunification of non-EU nationals in Ireland

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May 30, 2017
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This research examines the process by which refugees and migrants reunite with their family members in Ireland. Family reunification plays a critical role in the successful integration of migrants and refugees in a new country. Additionally, family reunification schemes extend protection to family members in potentially vulnerable circumstances and as such are particularly relevant in the context of the recent refugee and migrant crisis. The report examines developments in family reunification policy in recent years both in the context of refugees and non-refugees. This is a timely and important study as significant changes have been introduced in Ireland which affect, in particular, refugees and their families at a time when legal migration routes to Europe are most needed.