In the last twenty-five years, family has been imposed as a crucial actor for the understanding of migratory strategies and behaviours, the study of the integration into the host society, the analysis of the impact of migrations for the sending and the receiving countries and, last but not least, the evaluation of migratory policies and practices. This article recalls the main theoretical prospects that put specific emphasis on family; identifies some “ideological traps” that frequently influence family immigration policies and practices; then develops some considerations about the advantages and disadvantages of family migration for both the sending and the receiving countries; finally, it devotes a specific analysis to the family reunification issue, describing how this right is ruled by the EU legislation. In the conclusion the Author observe that, notwithstanding the fact that family constitutes a crucial actor in the process of human mobility, the legislation concerning migration continues to be founded on an individualistic conception.
- migration policies
- politiche migratorie