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Global Compact on Refugees

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL5439, tabled on 17 January 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made as to whether countries adhering to the UNHCR's Global Compact on Refugees are required to give due priority to applications for family reunion.

Answered on

31 January 2022

The UK provides a safe and legal route to bring families together through its family reunion policy. This allows a partner and children under 18 of those granted protection in the UK to join them here, if they formed part of the family unit before the sponsor fled their country. Since 2015 we have granted over 39,000 family reunion visas - over half to children

While the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) is not legally binding on member States, a key ambition of the compact is expanding access to "third countries" for refugees through resettlement and other pathways. This includes supporting refugees with scholarships, visas, and with family reunion. Within the "Complementary pathways for admission" process, states and relevant stakeholders seek to facilitate effective procedures and clear referral pathways for family reunification.