The EU Family Reunification Directive Revisited An analysis of admission policies for family reunification of Third Country Nationals in EU Member States

After more than a decade of implementing the Family Reunification Directive 2003/86/EC and in times when regional migration policies in the EU are being questioned, this fact sheet aims to provide insight in the commonality of the ‘common’ European framework for family reunification for Third Country Nationals. By studying the variety in national application of the Directive’s optional provisions, it looks into the extent to which national Member States form part of and co-shape regional EU migration policy. Family reunification policy is a critical case to study the multi-levelness of migration policies and the interactions between the different (regional and national) governance levels, policy processes which are most relevant to gain insight into contemporary EU migration policymaking.

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