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Peter Rodrigues on best interests of the child in transnational families

Peter Rodrigues contributed a chapter 'Human Rights and the Best Interests of the Child in European Family Reunification Law' in the book by Bergamini E., Ragni C. (Eds.), Fundamental Rights and Best Interests of the Child in Transnational Families.

This chapter analyses various legal situations in which the host country interferes in the relationship of the minor with his or her parent(s) by denying access. The right to family reunification in these situations is then examined, and the balance between the right of States to secure their borders and the right of migrant minors to be reunited with their parents, or vice versa, is discussed. Decisions concerning non-admission of a parent or child may lead to the separation of parents and children, leading to the family's inability to exercise the right of unity of the family and the right to family reunification.

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