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In: Issues in International Migration Law
In: Irregular Migration and Human Rights: Theoretical, European and International Perspectives
In: Security of Residence and Expulsion
In: Migration on the Move
Author: Elspeth Guild


While international human rights law enshrines family life as a cornerstone of society, when it intersects with migration, issues and problems arise in countries where migration is high on the political agenda. This is true in a number of EU states. Both EU law and European human rights commitments, however, require states to provide for family reunification subject to a margin of discretion to the state. While family reunification for refugees and beneficiaries of international protection has been at the top of some political agendas in Europe, this article looks at family reunification (generally known as family reunion) for another group—nationals of the Member States. In particular it poses two questions: do EU Member States accept their own nationals to come back to their home state with third country national family members they have acquired while abroad? Secondly, to what extent do EU Member States discriminate against their own nationals in comparison with the generous EU rules of family reunion for nationals of other Member States who have exercised a free movement right in their country. This article is based on reports by experts from all EU Member States in light of the 2014 judgment in O & B (C-456/12) by the Court of Justice of the European Union.

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In: European Journal of Migration and Law
In: The Reconceptualization of European Union Citizenship
Editor: Elspeth Guild
This book marks thirty years of progress in realizing the free movement of persons in the European Union. Its origins are to be found in a conference held at King's College, London, organised by the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association and the Centre of European Law at King's College, London, with the sponsorship of the European Commission.
The book is divided into two sections: the first deals with the implementation of rights of nationals in the European Union to move, reside and exercise economic activities in other Member States. The second part looks at the development of European law regulating the movement, residence and economic activities of third country nationals within the territory of the Union. Each of the two parts, in its own way, analyzes the relation of the black letter law to the social consequences attendant on migration within the European Union. This is an invaluable analysis for practitioners and academics concerned with the development of a legal regime on migration in the European Union.
In: In Search of Europe's Borders