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Migration and Home Affairs


The practice where those who have settled on a family reunification basis can themselves sponsor further family members, consistent with European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) obligations.



  • BG: верижна миграция
  • CS: řetězová migrace
  • DE: Kettenmigration
  • EL: μεταναστευτική αλυσίδα
  • EN: chain migration
  • ES: cadena migratoria
  • ET: ahelränne
  • FI: ketjumaahanmuutto
  • FR: migration en chaîne
  • GA: imirce shlabhrúil
  • HU: lánc-migráció
  • IT: catena migratoria
  • LT: grandininė migracija
  • LV: ķēdes migrācija
  • MT: Katina ta’ migrazzjoni
  • NL: kettingmigratie
  • PL: migracja łańcuchowa
  • PT: migração em cadeia
  • RO: migratie in lant
  • SK: reťazová migrácia
  • SL: verižna migracija
  • SV: kedjemigration
  • NO: kjedemigrasjon
  • KA: ჯაჭვური მიგრაცია
  • UK: ланцюгова міграція

Related Term(s)


1. Originally chain migration refers to a process in which initial movements of migrants lead to further movements from the same area to the same area. In a chain migration system, individual members of a community migrate and then encourage or assist further movements of migration (see Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (BpB): Migration, Citizenship, Education Glossary of Terms)
2. Chain migration may also be based on ethnic or family ties with members of the same family migrating at different times, usually with primary wage earners migrating first, followed by secondary or non-wage earners. In countries with more or less liberal regulations on the rights of migrants to family reunification usually in accordance with international conventions, family reunification as an incidence of chain migration explains much of the growth in the total migrant population.