Comparative Analysis: Family reunification cases in Europe & Latin America
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About the Event
“[The definition of] family really depends on the political way that countries see families.”
Patrícia Nabuco Martuscelli, Ph.D. in Political Science Universidade de São Paulo
Various international human rights documents refer to refugees’ right to have their families join them in their country of asylum. This idea of families joining migrants or refugees outside their countries of origin can broadly be understood as the concept of family reunification. However, international human rights documents do not provide the actual definition of who constitutes a family member, nor do they specify the requirements necessary to allow for family reunification; these are known to be at the discretion of each State.
In the webinar on family reunification, Patrícia Nabuco Martuscelli shares her findings from her Ph.D. in Political Science and summarises her comparative analysis on family reunification in Europe and Latin America regarding refugees, concentrating particularly on the family reunification policies on refugees in Brazil.
- The legal, practical and social implications of family reunification policies in Europe and Latin America
- Procedural impediments which can lead to permanent separation of families
- How different definitions of ‘family’ can lead to separation
- Debunking myths concerning the negative impact of family reunification
- How resistance to unifying families can lead refugees to seek alternative ways to smuggle family members into countries of asylum