chapter  4
Danish Regulations on Marriage Migration: Policy Understandings of Transnational Marriages
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The social importance of families has long been acknowledged and institutionalized in human rights documents and in the legislation of most nationstates.1 With respect to the family life of migrants, the European Council Directive 2003/86/EC states that:

Family reunifi cation is a necessary way of making family life possible. It helps to create sociocultural stability facilitating the integration of third country nationals in the Member State, which also serves to promote economic and social cohesion, a fundamental Community objective stated in the Treaty.