by the ruling of the Supreme Court of Europe; Strengthening the reunification process of refugee family members
Aryan Community News Agency – Reem Alabali Radwan, the German Federal Commissioner for Migration Affairs, has welcomed the two rulings of the European Supreme Court regarding the reunification of immigrant family members. He said that the reunification of family members is part of a modern and advanced immigration country and we must make changes in this process.
Germany’s Federal Migration Commissioner Reem Alabali Radwan explained Monday evening in Berlin, the German capital, that the decisions of the Luxembourg judges created the need for action by the federal government and strengthened the coalition parties’ agreements. He went on to say that “we will now examine in which part we need to make changes. Reunification of family members in its good form is part of a modern and advanced immigration country”.
On Monday, the European Supreme Court strengthened the reunification of family members in two rulings on cases from Germany. These decisions involved the reunification of parents whose child had been recognized as a refugee and a young Syrian who had turned 18 while his father’s asylum application was still pending in Germany.
According to judges in Luxembourg, the point in time at which family reunification or asylum is requested is decisive, not the date of the outcome of the proceedings. The Supreme Court essentially applies the same reasoning to the refugee child. Therefore, the determining factor in determining whether a child is a minor is the point in time in which the asylum application was submitted. However, applications for family reunification must be submitted “within a reasonable period of time” or no later than three months after the intended parents are recognized as refugees. In this ruling, it is emphasized that in addition to the legal relationship between parents and children, there must also be “real family relationships”.
Therefore, as a result of this ruling, it will not matter in future whether the child reaches legal age during the proceedings. Erdovan stressed that “many refugee families have been waiting for this issue for a long time. This has a negative impact on the process of integrating families whose members are separated, their thoughts and hearts are with their relatives in crisis areas. And it is considered a heavy burden. Refugee families should be able to be together and for each other.”