What is family reunification?

A person recognized as a refugee in Denmark has the possibility of applying for permission to bring their immediate family to Denmark. This entitlement follows from Article 9 of the Danish Aliens Act and from Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights concerning the right to respect for private and family life. 

Refugees with a residence permit under the Danish Aliens Act, Article 7, section 3 will only have the opportunity to apply for family reunification after they have had a residence permit for three years. 

However, there are some exceptions to this rule. In certain cases, refugees who are minors, and adult refugees with, for example, a seriously ill spouse or seriously ill children can obtain family reunification immediately after obtaining a residence permit. 

DRC Danish Refugee Council's voluntary counselling service can help with questions regarding family reunification. Applications for family reunification are processed by the Danish Immigration Service. 

Read more about DRC's volunteer counselling service here (leaflet in English)