IF YOU SEPARATE VOLUNTARILY, YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO DO FAMILY REUNIFICATION

Over the last few months, Mobile Info Team has spoken with a lot of cases where family members have separated voluntarily. Separating voluntarily is when a family is together in Greece and then one family member leaves Greece illegally and applies for asylum in another country. When this happens, it is likely that it will not be possible for the remaining family in Greece to do family reunification to their family member in the other country. For example, in 2018 we haven't seen Germany accepting any cases in which voluntary separation has taken place. Sweden also has a strict policy of not accepting any family reunification cases where a family member has voluntarily separated. The argument made by these countries is that if a family is already together in Europe and then splits up, they show that they don't want to be together, so there is no need to reunite the family again. By law, states are not obliged to reunite family members that separate voluntarily. It is at their discretion to accept the case and we have unfortunately seen many cases that were not able to reunite.