Another successful family reunification was conducted with the assistance of IOM

Thursday, November 23, 2017


Nadine, a Cameroonian mother of two was finally reunited with her children (aged 9 and 12) at Budapest Airport last week. They have not seen each other for 2 years: the kids lived in Cameroon, while their mom sought asylum in Hungary and was finally granted refugee status last year. Now she already has a stable job.

They applied for family reunification in November 2016, however the procedure was not easy: since there is no Hungarian embassy in Cameroon, the children had to travel to the nearest Hungarian Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria to be able to submit their application. In Hungary, Nadine was represented infront of the Hungarian Authorities by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee throughout the case. Finally, the family received the positive decision in September 2017, and the kids were granted the necessary visas to join their mom in Budapest.

The travel from Cameroon to Hungary took place within the framework of IOM Budapest's family reunification project, which is co-financed by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Union and by the Hungarian Ministry of Interior. IOM assisted the family by covering translation and medical services, providing administrative and airport assistance, as well as organizing assistance with the airline to accompany the two children on the trip.

This has already been the 10th case where IOM Budapest actively contributed to the successful finalization of the family reunification. With 6 more family reunification cases underway, this current project is expected to run until July 2018. To find out more about the project, please click here.

 ***Names in the story are changed for protection reasons