“The family unit has a better chance of successfully… integrating in a new country rather than individual refugees”
UNHCR, Family Protection Issues, 1999
Nasc believes family reunification is a key element in the successful integration of migrants and refugees. Refugee family reunification – governed in legislation by the International Protection Act, 2015, and non-refugee family reunification – facilitated through Guidelines for non-EEA nationals – form a core part of our legal service provision, and are therefore priority areas of our campaigning work.
Return family reunification rights to beneficiaries of international protection (refugee and subsidiary protection)
Since the commencement of the International Protection Act at the end of 2016, Nasc has been working closely with Senator Colette Kelleher and the Civil Engagement Group, Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin, and NGO partners the Irish Refugee Council and Oxfam Ireland to introduce a Private Members Bill amending the family reunification provisions in the 2015 Act. The Bill passed the Senate and is now awaiting debate in the Dáil.
Read our joint press release with Oxfam Ireland and Irish Refugee Council for more details about the Bill and why it is so urgently needed – A Family Belongs Together.
Legislate for non-refugee family reunification
At present Irish citizens and migrant workers do not have a legislative right to family reunification with immediate family members. A framework facilitating family reunification for all legal residents of Ireland is desperately needed. Irish legislation in relation to family reunification should be brought into line with the provisions of the EU Directive on the Right to Family Reunification. Ireland has opted out of this Directive, causing us to fall behind best practice in the EU.