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On November 15th, 2011, the European Commission published a “green paper” in which it underlines the necessity of launching a public debate on the "conditions to implement the family reunification and the easy integration of the third countries citizens ".  The public consultation made until March 1st, aims at improving the Council Directive on the right to family reunification.

A "position paper" was published highlighting concerns such as "the lack of common definition of the family entry and settlement, the severe and binding measures opted by certain States, the not gratitude (recognition) of the right (law) for the family entry and settlement for the persons benefitting from a supplementary protection". This restrains or even prevents family reunification. Yet, Giacomo Santini, Chair of the Migration Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), asserted that “Family reunification is an important element of the right to family life and an essential part of the integration process for migrants”.

Following this, various stakeholders that are as the Confederation of Family Organizations in the European Union (COFACE), the Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism (CECLR), the European Association for the defense of Human Rights (AEDH) or the Association for the right of the Foreigners (ADDE) worked on this question of migrants integration and answered to the green paper with the view of impacting decisions of the upcoming months.

Besides, the European Commission, in consultation with the members of the European Integration Forum, decided to continue the reflection on the family reunification during the next forum on May 31st and June 1st, 2012 by organizing a public audience on the subject.


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