Lords Committee gathers evidence about family migration policies in other countries
The Justice and Home Affairs Committee is holding its fourth oral evidence session as part of its inquiry into family migration.
The Committee is considering family migration policies in Canada, the Netherlands, and Norway to compare them with UK family migration policies. It seeks to identify best practices, lessons learnt, and potential synergies. The evidence received may inspire recommendations in the Committee’s report.
- In your jurisdiction, who counts as “family” according to your immigration rules? Does it reflect contemporary societal understandings of “family”?
- How are the best interests of the child protected in practice in your respective jurisdictions?
- In the UK, a “financial requirement” aims to ensure that migrants coming on a family visa do not represent a burden on public finances. Do family migration policies pursue a similar objective in your respective jurisdictions? If so, how is it achieved and to what effect?
- What are the main criticisms of family migration policies in your respective jurisdictions? How do they compare with those in the UK (family separation, delays, costs, complexity, need for and availability of legal advice, etc.)?
- Seen from outside the UK, what is the most noteworthy feature of UK family migration policies?