Rights Court Rules Against Denmark Waiting Period for Refugee Family Reunification

2021Courthouse News Service MOLLY QUELL

A Danish law requiring a three-year waiting period for the families of asylum-seekers to join them violates their right to family life, Europe’s top rights court ruled Friday. The European Court of Human Rights found that Danish authorities did not strike a fair balance between the rights of a 62-year-old Syrian asylum seeker and the interests of the country when they denied his wife a residency permit.

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

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