The evidence is overwhelming: separating refugee families is harmful. It’s bad for refugees’ mental health. It slows down integration. And it forces desperate people to risk dangerous journeys to see their loved ones again.

Expanding and improving access to family reunion for refugees is the right and sensible thing to do.

It’s compassionate to refugees who have faced war and persecution. It supports successful integration into UK society. And it provides a safe route for families to be reunited in the UK.

90% of people arriving in the UK through family reunion are women and children.


Access research produced by Amnesty International, the British Red Cross, the Refugee Council, Save the Children, the UN’s Refugee Agency and others.


Read our briefings for MPs and Peers summarising the evidence for expanding and improving access to refugee family reunion.