Disrupted Flight – The Realities of Separated Refugee Families in the EU

2014European Council on Refugees and Exiles

It is widely recognised that family life is essential for the well-being of individuals and societies. For people fleeing war and persecution being reunited with their family members is generally their first priority upon arrival in the host country. On a daily basis practitioners witness the negative impact family separation has on people seeking protection in Europe, and how it affects their ability to engage in most aspects of the integration process. The constant worry people carry about their family left behind, as well as the absence of relatives who could support them, increase their vulnerability when they have already been exposed to traumatic experiences associated with forced migration.

Key wordsasylum / asylum seekers / family reunification / forced migration / refugees