Family Reunification Conference in Stockholm, Sweden
( - Suède - Suèdois) (Traduction non officielle)
Début 19/11/2013 - 09:00
Fin 20/11/2013 - 16:00
Lieu Husby träff, Stockholm, Sweden
Organisateur Swedish Red Cross, Social Mission, UNHCR, Save the Children, the Advisory Bureau for asylum seekers and refugees and the City Council of Stockholm (Stockholms stad)
In war and conflict families are split up and the road to family reunification can be both long and filled with obstacles. The right to family life is a central tenet of European Human Rights Law. It is also a key premise for refugees' successful integration into a host society. It is difficult for refugees to rebuild their lives without the support of their families. For refugees who have found safety and protection in Sweden, one of the most pressing issues is concern for their family members left behind.
Since 2009 it has been difficult for many refugee families to reunite in Sweden, due to a new interpretation of the Family reunification laws. In January 2012 there was a judgment from the Swedish Supreme court of Migration giving rise to new hope. What has happened since then? How can authorities and the civil society actors cooperate to give better support to migrants?
At the conference the organizers will present a report describing the present situation and also a mapping of the existing obstacles for family reunification and take a closer look at the situation today two years after the judgment from the Supreme Court. The Swedish Red Cross center for rehabilitation of victims of torture and war trauma will speak about about the importance of family reunion for integration, health and rehabilitation.
Among the invited speakers are Judge Ms Maureen Clarke, Dublin High Court, Ireland who will speak about "Common sense as a base for a judgment in a family reunion cases" and Anaïs Faure-Atger, Senior advisor Red at the Red Cross EU office, speaking about the Family reunion directive and operational guidelines.