Realizing Refugees’ Right to Family Unity:The challenges to family reunification in Norway, Sweden and Denmark
Policies regarding family reunification have become increasingly strict over the last years, especially after the influx of asylum applications that all Scandinavian countries received in the summer and autumn of 2015. Shortly after, the number of asylum applications rapidly decreased, while the number of family reunification applications have continued to increase in recent years. The report, commissioned by UNHCR, is a comparative legal study of the legal framework, policies and practice pertaining to the family reunification procedure in Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
We are a human-rights-based development organization that strives to mitigate the consequences of severe human rights violations, such as collective violence. We support and empower victims/survivors of human rights violations and seek to change the conditions that perpetuate collective violence through preventative strategies.
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Hans E Andersson, Henry Ascher, Ulla Björnberg, Marita Eastmond and Lotta Mellander, 2005
Children constitute an important part of asylum seekers whether they arrive With their families or alone. In 2003, there were more than 17 million refugees (43 per cent of refugees), asylum seekers and others who are of concern to the UNHCR. Of these millions of people, it is estimated that children under the age of five make up 11 per cent and 32 per cent are children aged six to seventeen. Many of these children have experienced war, violence, acts of cruelty and similar traumas. Others have been exposed indirectly through their parents traumatizing experiences. Such experiences are today increasingly recognized as being a similar burden to a child as if they are assaulted themselves. The adults often have very big problems and the children run the risk of having their problems concealed. Registration data and statistics are generally not produced in a way that makes the exposed situation of children visible. The childrens reasons for asylum in their own right are rarely investigated.
OASIS is a private treatment center for traumatized refugees, asylum seekers and their families. OASIS holds a holistic view of refugees` suffering, which is reflected in the center`s interdisciplinary treatment model.
(only available in Danish) The center has since 1986 treated people that have been exposed to traumatic events such as torture, persecution, imprisonment, war, death threats and other forms of organized violence, and thus suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and a number of other complications.
DIGNITY, former known as RCT,is a self-governing institution that is independent of party politics. DIGNITY`s main fields of activity are treatment of torture survivors; examination, documentation and prevention of torture and organised violence; international project co-operation; research.
In 1991 the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched the Psychological Support Programme (PSP) as a crosscutting programme under the Health & Care Division. To assist the IFRC with the implementation of the programme, the Danish Red Cross and IFRC established the Reference Centre for Psychological Support as a centre of excellence in 1993
RCF is a pre-rehabilitation- and treatment centre operating within the statutory framework concerning the employment legislation for refugees with psycho-social problems and difficulties with integration into the Danish system, such as the repercussions of torture, war and escape (in Danish).