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Anjum Shabbir
20th March 2020
Human Rights

Legal status of ‘minor’ continues during administrative and judicial proceedings relating to Family Reunification request where age of majority is reached factually

The Opinion of Advocate General Hogan was issued yesterday in the joined preliminary ruling cases B.M.M. v B.S. (C‑133/19), B.M.M. v B.M. (C‑136/19), and B.M.O. (C‑137/19) v the Belgian State.

The request was made by the Conseil d’État (Council of State), concerning the interpretation of ‘minors’ under Article 4(1) of the Family Reunification Directive 2003/86, which enables family members to settle in the host country, joining another family member who has been granted refugee status there, and Article 47 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights. Specifically, can one still be described as a minor, if during the process of an application for family reunification and administrative or judicial proceedings, that minor reaches the age o


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