The decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on April 12th concerns refugees under the age of 18, living apart from their family members. Those who open the case for family reunification will continue to have the status of “unaccompanied minor” as long as the trial is ongoing.

The decision came after a 18-years-old Eritrean female refugee’s case in the Netherlands. In the conclusion of the case, the request of the applicant passing the age of 18 was rejected.  Then the case had moved to the European Court of Justice.

Advocate General issued an opinion , saying that the court should retroactively grant family reunifications to those affected in similar cases

 

What is Family Reunification?

Family reunification is a recognized reason for immigration in many countries because of the presence of one or more family members in a certain country, therefore, enables the rest of the divided family or only specific members of the family to immigrate to that country as well.