For the past 20 years, family reunification has been one of the main reasons for immigration into the EU.
Family reunification Directive establishes the rules under which non-EU nationals can bring their family members to the EU country in which they are legally residing.
More information on the key provisions of the directive in the Summary of EU legislation – Family reunification Directive.
- harmonise the rules for exercising the right to family reunification
- facilitate the integration of non-EU nationals in the EU countries
- contribute to the creation of socio-cultural stability
- promote economic and social cohesion
Second implementation report on the Family Reunification Directive 2003/86/EC, together with the Fitness Check Legal migration.
The Commission adopted a Communication on guidance for application of Directive 2003/86/EC on the right to family reunification. It advises EU countries in their implementation of the Directive in order to achieve a more consistent policy and practice across the EU.
The Commission adopts a “Green paper on on the right to family reunification of third-country nationals living in the European Union” launched as part of a broad public consultation on family reunification took place to gather opinions from stakeholders and decide on the policy follow-up.
First implementation report of Family reunification Directive.
Family reunification Directive (2003/86/EC) is adopted.
Proposal for a Council Directive on the right to family reunification.