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Family reunification of refugees and migrants in the Council of Europe member States

Recommendation 2141 (2018)

Author(s):
Parliamentary Assembly
Origin
Assembly debate on 11 October 2018 (35th Sitting) (see Doc. 14626, report of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons, rapporteur: Ms Ulla Sandbæk). Text adopted by the Assembly on 11 October 2018 (35th Sitting).
1 Referring to its Resolution 2243 (2018), the Parliamentary Assembly emphasises the importance of protecting family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ETS No. 5) and recommends that the Committee of Ministers:
1.1 draw up guidelines for the application of the right to family reunification of refugees and migrants as well as for mutual legal assistance and administrative co-operation between member States and with third countries in this field;
1.2 invite member States to establish bilateral arrangements so they can represent each other when receiving visa applications and issuing visas;
1.3 invite the member States that have not yet done so to join, or co-operate with, the European Union Schengen Visa Information System with a view to exchanging the data necessary for enabling family reunification;
1.4 co-operate with the International Committee of the Red Cross in promoting mechanisms and action for finding missing family members of refugees, in co-operation with national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies and national parliaments;
1.5 reinforce Council of Europe action on combating trafficking of child refugees, ensuring that unaccompanied child refugees are reunited with their parents, unless this is against the best interests of a child, for example if parents have participated in the trafficking of this child.
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