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Family Reunification Within the EU

The Dublin III Regulation establishes an EU-wide allocation mechanism that regulates which member state is responsible for conducting the asylum procedure in each individual case. Crucially, the allocation mechanism aims to protect family life and the best interest of the child. The Dublin III Regulation thus grants a whole range of individual legal rights to asylum seekers seeking to reunify with their family members.

The national asylum administrations responsible for the application of the allocation mechanism, however, frequently fail to comply with the legal standards as laid down in the Dublin III Regulation. Several member states, including Germany in particular, tend to reject so-called take charge requests from Greece and thereby deny the right to family reunification to countless asylum seekers. In many cases, these rejections violate the Dublin III Regulation or lack a coherent justification altogether.   

We challenge these systemic malpractices. The fact that we are dealing with transnational administrative procedures requires us to also respond with a transnational approach: we are thus working on these family reunification cases from our offices in Athens and Berlin simultaneously.

We provide free legal aid throughout the entire procedure, represent the applicants and their family members before national administrations, and challenge unlawful rejections before German administrative courts.

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About this project

Children Crossing A River of Trash outside Moria Joern Neumann 2020
Children Crossing A River of Trash outside Moria Joern Neumann 2020. Our Visual Policy.

We provide free legal aid to asylum seekers and their family members throughout the entire family reunification procedure. We represent our clients towards the national asylum services as well as before administrative courts. In addition, we share our expertise with NGOs, lawyers and counselors by organizing workshops, publishing reports, and academic articles.

Minor outside of Moria Joern Neumann 2020
Minor outside of Moria Joern Neumann 2020. Our Visual Policy
Refugees in Line in The Camp Vial Anonymous 2020
Refugees in Line in The Camp Vial Anonymous 2020. Our Visual Policy

Currently, we are assisting about 50 families to enforce their legal right to family reunification.

Since 2016, we have supported several hundred families in their reunification procedures. 

We have litigated over 120 unlawful rejections before German administrative courts, with an average success rate of 70 %.

Further, we have organized several workshops and trainings with lawyers, NGOs, and social workers, published several articles in legal journals. We have also published templates for court submissions, and a general guideline for lawyers and social workers who are providing support in Dublin family reunification procedures.

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