IE NCP Conference on ‘Migrant family reunification - policy and practice’ (Ireland)

This full day conference will provide an opportunity to exchange information on family reunification schemes, in Ireland and abroad. Drawing on the findings of a recently published European Migration Network study the family reunification policy frameworks operational elsewhere in the EU will be discussed and compared.


Family migration has been the main channel of migration to the OECD area in recent years, representing about 40 per cent of permanent migration inflow.

It is diverse in character but often closely linked to labour migration (OECD, 2017). In the context of managed migration systems family reunification promotes the integration of migrants already in the host country. It can help to create socio-cultural stability, facilitating integration and promoting economic and social cohesion. Family reunification is also fundamental to the integration of refugees and to ensuring the protection and wellbeing of the individual family members (UNHCR, 2001).

At this time of record levels of forcible displacement, family reunification can be an important route to safety.

Presentations are confirmed from:

  • Minister of State, Department of Justice and Equality, David Stanton TD
  • Jean-Christophe Dumont, Head of the International Migration Division / Jonathan Chaloff, Senior Administrator, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD
  • Patrick Corcoran, Senior Specialist, International Organization for Migration
  • Brian Merriman, Principal Officer for International Protection Policy, Department of Justice and Equality, Ireland
  • Fiona Hurley, Legal Services Manager, NASC: The Irish Immigrant Support Centre
  • Samantha Arnold, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, EMN Ireland
  • Immigration and Naturalisation Service, Ministry of Security and Justice, Netherlands
  • UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.


Monday 27 November 2017


No. 6 Kildare Street, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Dublin 2, Ireland

More information

For the conference program and information on how to register (by Monday 20 November 2017 at the latest), please visit the website of the Irish National Contact Point of the European Migration Network.

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