• Disclaimer and Explanatory Note
  • Executive Summary
  • 1. INTRODUCTION
  • 1.1 Context
  • 2. METHODOLOGY
  • 2.1 Definitions
  • 3. DEVELOPMENT OF FAMILY REUNIFICATION POLICY SINCE 2002, INCLUDING TRANSPOSITION OF DIRECTIVE 2003/86/EC
  • 4. IMPLEMENTATION OF FAMILY REUNIFICATION POLICY, INCLUDING DIRECTIVE 2003/86/EC
  • 4.1 Sponsor's Spouse (Article 4(1a))
  • 4.1.1 Reunification of third country national with their married third country spouse
  • 4.1.1.1 Polygamous Marriages (Article 4(4))
  • 4.1.1.2 Entry of sponsor and spouse at same time (Article 5(3))
  • 4.1.1.3 Documentary evidence of marriage (Article 5(2))
  • 4.1.1.4 Prevention of marriages of convenience (Article 16(4))
  • 4.1.1.5 Prevention of forced marriages (Article 4(5))
  • 4.1.1.6 Material support requirement (Article 7(1))
  • 4.1.1.7 Integration measures (Article 7(2))
  • 4.1.1.8 Employment (Article 14(2))
  • 4.1.1.9 Autonomous residence permit (Article 15)
  • 4.1.2 Reunification of third country national with their unmarried (including same-sex) third country partner (Article 4(3))
  • 4.1.3 Reunification of EU Member State national with their third country spouse
  • 4.2 Sponsor's Child (Articles 4(1b-d))
  • 4.2.1 Procedural Approach
  • 4.2.2 DNA Testing
  • 4.2.3 Integration Measures (Article 4(1) last paragraph)
  • 4.2.4 Granting of autonomous right of residence (Article 15)
  • 4.3 Other Dependants (Article 4(2a and b))
  • 4.4 Refugees (Articles 9 to 12 inclusive)
  • 4.4.1 Requirement for family relationship to predate entry (Article 9(2))
  • 4.4.2 Permitted dependants (Article 10)
  • 4.4.3 Derogation of material support requirement (Article 12)
  • 4.5 Inter-Member State experiences with implementation of EU legislation
  • 5. SIZE AND COMPOSITION OF FAMILY REUNIFICATION
  • 5.1 Family reunification statistics in the Member States
  • 5.2 Comparative overview of family reunification
  • Table 1: Overview of family reunification statistics for the reference year 2006
  • 6. CONCLUDING REMARKS
  • Table 2: Indicative o