Episode four: Family reunion is not a right

In this episode I discuss the first migrant case to have come before the European Court of Human Rights.


Adulaziz, Cabales and Balkandali v United Kingdom (1985) considered the case of three “immigration widows” who were legally settled in the UK and wanted their husbands to join them.

The women’s claim that their right to family life had been violated was rejected. The European Convention on Human Rights remains interpreted today as not normally encompassing the right – so precious for migrants – to family reunion.

What the Court did find is that the women had been discriminated against on the grounds of their sex. You can find out how the UK Government responded to this ruling, by listening to the podcast now.

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