IF YOUR FAMILY SEPARATES AFTER APPLYING FOR ASYLUM IN GREECE, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DO FAMILY REUNIFICATION

We have seen a lot of cases, where families in Greece have sent family members like the husband or minor children forward to smuggle to another European country to then be able to make family reunification to them afterwards. This is called "voluntary separation". Family reunification after a voluntary separation doesn't work anymore and it will be extremely difficult for you and your separated family member to come together again. The Greek Asylum Service is refusing to let families even apply for family reunification if the family has sent a minor child to another country. Also in cases where the separated family member is not a minor, the chances are extremely low that a family reunification will be successful. A lot of countries now have 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 lately have unfortunately not seen any cases that were able to reunite.