Council of Europe: “Refugees must be able to reunite with their family members”

The Council of Europe (COE) has issued a statement on refugees and their right to family reunification. Citing the UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, the COE says:

“the respect of the right to family unity requires not only that States refrain from action which would split families, but also to take measures to reunite separated family members when they are unable to enjoy the right to family unity somewhere else”.

Canada is a party to the Convention and to the Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees.

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