Member States are committed to protecting the right to family
life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights
and should provide for safe and regular means of family reunification,
thus reducing the use of smugglers and mitigating the risks associated
with irregular migration. At the same time, national authorities should
adopt an enabling approach to family reunification beyond the traditional
definition of family, which does not necessarily correspond to the
multitude of ways in which people live together as a family today.
Council of Europe action on combating trafficking of child
refugees should be reinforced, and national authorities should ensure
the possibility for unaccompanied child refugees to be reunited
with their parents.
In this context, the European Agreement on the Abolition of
Visas for Refugees, the United Nations Convention on the Rights
of the Child and the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International
Child Abduction should be given more attention.