A Bride Run Free Movement of People in the EU, the Fundamental Right to Family, Family Reunification, and the Case of Denmark

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Hugo Balnaves


Danish legislation has made it increasingly difficult for Danish citizens who have not exercised their free movement (static EU citizens) to have their third country national (TCN) family member(s) reside with them in Denmark under family reunification. On the other hand, EU citizens (mobile EU citizens) who have exercised their free movement and reside in Denmark with their TCN family member(s), have access to far more generous EU family reunification legislation. This article explores the extent to which reverse discrimination effects Danish citizens compared to mobile EU compatriots living in Denmark and how this interacts with EU citizenship rights such as free movement and the fundamental right to family life.

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